Juncker tells Britain to get real on Brexit

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THE Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has slammed the Bri­tish Gov­ern­ment say­ing none of the Brexit po­si­tion pa­pers pub­lished by the UK are “sat­is­fac­tory” and that an enor­mous num­ber of is­sues re­main un­set­tled.

Speak­ing to EU Am­bas­sadors, JeanClaude Juncker ( above) echoed the pes­simistic tone struck by his Brexit ne­go­tia­tor Michel Barnier.

Mr Juncker said: “The UK Gov­ern­ment is hes­i­tant in show­ing all its cards. Why would it do this?

“We now have the ne­go­ti­at­ing team in Brus­sels meet­ing with Mr Barnier. I did read with the req­ui­site at­ten­tion all the pa­pers pro­duced by Her Majesty’s Gov­ern­ment. But none of those pa­pers is sat­is­fac­tory.

“There are still an enor­mous num­ber of is­sues that need to be set­tled.”

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s spokes­woman said Britain feels it is in a “good po­si­tion” and re­peated a call for the EU to show “imag­i­na­tion and flex­i­bil­ity”.

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