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Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May

Europese Raad
  • 26/09/2017
  • 16:00
  • Verklaring en opmerkingen
  • 533/17
  • Brexit
  • Institutionele zaken

Preben Aamann
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I feel cautiously optimistic about the constructive and more realistic tone of the Prime Minister's speech in Florence and of our discussion today. This shows that the philosophy of "having a cake and eating it" is finally coming to an end, or at least I hope so. And that's good news. But of course no-one will ever tell me that Brexit is a good thing because, as I have always said, in fact Brexit is only about damage control, and I didn't change my opinion.

As you know, we will discuss our future relations with the United Kingdom once there is so-called "sufficient progress". The two sides are working hard at it. But if you asked me and if today Member States asked me, I would say there is no "sufficient progress" yet. But we will work on it.