EU restates opposition as Ursula von der Leyen warns of â€˜challenging times aheadâ€™
Boris Johnsonâ€™s election as Conservative leader has been greeted in Brussels with a rejection of the incoming British prime ministerâ€™s Brexit demands and an ominous warning by the newly appointed European commission president about the â€œchallenging times aheadâ€.
Ursula von der Leyen, who will replace Jean-Claude Juncker on 1 November, said both sides had a â€œdutyâ€ to deliver a deal as she offered her congratulations to Johnson on his victory.
â€œThere are many difficult issues we will tackle together,â€ she said. â€œIt is important to build up a strong working relationship because we have a duty to deliver something which is good for the people in Europe and the United Kingdom.â€
Juncker later published a letter to Johnson in which he wrote of his hopes of working together in â€œin the best possible wayâ€.
The EUâ€™s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier,Â tweetedÂ that he wanted to work â€œconstructivelyâ€ with Johnson on the basis that both sides were committed to facilitating â€œthe ratification of the withdrawal agreementâ€, the deal struck by Theresa May that the new Conservative leader has repeatedly described as dead.
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