EU's Juncker says he is convinced Brexit will happen

Reuters

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said he is convinced Brexit will happen, reiterating that if Britain left the European Union without a deal there would be a new border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

"I'm convinced that Brexit will happen," he told Sky News in an interview last week, before he had seen the ideas Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government sent to Brussels to try to push Brexit talks forward.

Asked whether there would be a new border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland if there was a no-deal Brexit, Juncker said: "Yes ... We have to make sure that the interests of the European Union and of the internal market will be preserved."

In other news, foreign minister Dominic Raab has said the government will accept the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on whether the decision to suspend parliament was lawful.

"Of course we will respect whatever the legal ruling is from the Supreme Court, whether it's tomorrow or later in the week," Raab told the BBC.

Asked whether the government would consider suspending parliament for a second time - a move some have mooted as a way to force through Brexit on Oct. 31 - Raab said "Let's wait and see what the first judgement decides and then we'll understand the lie of the land."

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