German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Britain could still leave the European Union in an orderly fashion.
"I still see the possibility of an orderly Brexit," Merkel told a news conference. She reiterated that Germany was prepared for a no-deal Brexit but would prefer an orderly Brexit with a deal.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed with Merkel on Tuesday to work with energy and determination to reach a Brexit agreement and will discuss it at a meeting of the United Nations next week, his spokesman said.
British PM Johnson confronted at a hospital by parent of sick child
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was confronted at a London hospital on Wednesday by the father of a sick child who said the care his child received had not been acceptable and that the nation's health service had been destroyed.As Johnson visited Whipps Cross University Hospital in east London, Omar Salem remonstrated with Johnson over the care his 7-day-old daughter had received on the children's ward after being treated by the emergency department.Video: British PM Johnson confronted at a hospital by parent of sick childSalem, who describes himself on Twitter as an activist for the opposition Labour Party, complained to Johnson about repeated delays on the ward."That's just not acceptable," Salem told Johnson, who stood listening. "There are not enough people on this ward.""The NHS has been destroyed and now you come here for a press opportunity," Salem told Johnson.Salem, posting on Twitter, praised the emergency care his daughter had received but said she had waited to see a doctor for hours when transferred to a ward. EU's Juncker says no-deal Brexit risk is 'palpableJPMorgan says UK PM Johnson unlikely to get a Brexit deal at Oct summitIran tells US: Response to any attack 'won't be limited to its source'
EU's annual inflation at 1.4% in August
The European Union saw inflation of 1.4% this August, the union's statistical authority announced on Wednesday.Eurostat said the 28-member bloc's annual inflation rate was the same as July's figures, while it was 2.2% in August 2018.Nine member states saw a drop in annual inflation, while the rate remained stable in six, and rose in 12 others during August, versus the same month in 2018.EU's Juncker says no-deal Brexit risk is 'palpableErdoğan says Turkey will take action in 'two weeks' if safe zone in Syria failsThe data showed, the lowest annual rates were seen in Portugal (negative 0.1%), Greece (0.1%), and Spain (0.4%)."The highest annual rates were recorded in Romania (4.1%), Hungary (3.2%), the Netherlands and Latvia (both 3.1%)," Eurostat said.Meanwhile, the eurozone's inflation rate was 1% in August, down from 2.2% in the same month last year.Since 2014, the lowest annual inflation rate in the EU was posted in January 2015 at minus 0.5% -- when prices were in fact dropping -- and the highest was seen in October 2018, at 2.3%.Do not underestimate no-deal Brexit, EU's Barnier warnsEU expresses support for Albania accession
EU's Juncker says no-deal Brexit risk is 'palpable
There is a "palpable" risk of a no-deal Brexit, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday.Juncker said "the risk of a no-deal remains real," in a statement as he updated the European Parliament about his meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this week.He also stressed that the Irish backstop could not be made to reach a deal until Britain submitted written proposals on alternative arrangements."You will hardly be surprised to learn that the prime minister assured us that he wanted an agreement," he told the MEPs."But he [Johnson] said the U.K. will leave on Oct. 31 with or without a deal," he said.Describing talks with Johnson as "friendly, constructive and in part positive", Juncker said the European Commission "is prepared to work day in day out, morning until night -- with a few breaks -- to try to find the technical and political solutions we need but I am not sure that we will get there.""There is very little time remaining but what I do know is that we have to keep trying," he said, adding: "I said to Prime Minister Johnson that I have no emotional attachment to the safety net, to the backstop, but I stated that I stand by the objectives that it is designed to achieve"."That is why I called on the prime minister to come forward with operational proposals, in writing, for practical steps which would allow us to achieve those objectives," Juncker said."Until such time as those proposals have been presented, I will not be able to tell you, looking you straight in the eye, that any real progress has been achieved," he added.Do not underestimate no-deal Brexit, EU's Barnier warnsAlso speaking at the Parliament, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that the bloc still needed to hear more from the U.K. side about the proposals that would replace backstop."I would recommend nobody underestimates the consequences of no-deal for U.K. first and foremost, but for us as well," Barnier said."It is a long road but we want to create the conditions which are necessary for confidence to build our future relationship as outlined in the political declaration," he added.Meeting with the EU officials in Luxembourg earlier this week, Johnson reiterated his position that the U.K. would leave the union on Oct. 31 with or without a deal. Johnson has said he would not request for a new extension from the EU, despite a new act by the House of Commons, which blocks a departure from the EU without an agreement.JPMorgan says UK PM Johnson unlikely to get a Brexit deal at Oct summit