Both the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council insist Brexit talks are on track and “no deal” is not the prevailing assumption.
On Tuesday morning, Donald Tusk said that “it is in fact up to London how this will end, with a good deal, no deal or no Brexit,” urging for unity among the 27 member states in the negotiations.
Jean-Claude Juncker said that the European Commission wants a fair deal, making clear that the “the no deal is not our working assumption,” Reuters reports.
Meanwhile, tensions are rising again between London and Brussels, after a leak to the German press regarding the atmosphere of the meeting between the President of the European Commission and Prime Minister Theresa May on October 16.
According to Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung, May looked stressed, “despondent and discouraged” during the meeting. In a Tweet, the May’s former aid, Nick Timothy, accused President Juncker’s aid Martin Selmayr for the leak, arguing that this reflects the punitive atmosphere in Brussels.
The Commissions’ spokesman Margaritis Schinas denied Juncker himself would say “anything like” these words. Selmayr also took to Twitter to deny that he was responsible for the leak.