Ska Keller warned the Brexit backstop is “absolutely vital” to protecting European Union interests, and therefore EU leaders cannot back down in renegotiations with the UK. The German MEP also spoke on whether Emmanuel Macron is seen as a weak figure in Europe, outlining how she hopes he will “find a different way forward”. Speaking live from Brussels, Ms Keller told France 24: “I think the wiggle room is indeed very small, because the EU27 cannot retreat from the backstop. That is absolutely vital to protect EU interests and principles, and to avoid the hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
“The problem is that the UK, in the form of Theresa May, has never really said what they want instead, and so it’s very difficult to deal with that.”
Commenting on the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit, the EU Greens President said: “Well I hope it will not come into reality, because a no deal scenario would be the worst options for all sides.
“We really need to have a proper solution. The deal that’s now on the table really is the best the EU27 could offer, but of course it’s up to the British people to decide what will happen in the end.”
Referring to whether Emmanuel Macron is viewed as a “weak figure” in Europe, Ms Keller added: “I wouldn’t say, but certainly he has been weakened a bit by his policies, which certainly have not included a social dimension to put it very politely, now he’s getting a beating from that.
“I do hope that he would find a different way forward, even though I am rather sceptical as he has always positioned himself as the President, that is rather therefore the upper classes.”
The comments come after the EU summit that took place in Brussels today, where Mrs May confronted Jean-Claude Juncker as the pair met in the European Council chamber, following the President of the European Commission’s remarks on Brexit.
On Thursday evening the President of the European Commission insisted Brexit Britain needed to make clear “what they want, instead of asking us to say what we want”. In the footage, the Prime Minister appears to have a stern discussion with Mr Juncker before the EU meeting in Brussels.
An expert lipreader has revealed what Mrs May said when she confronted the President of the European Commission after he allegedly described her as nebulous.
The lipreader claimed Mr Juncker was insisting that he did not describe the Prime Minister as “nebulous”.
Politico’s Brexit correspondent, Charlie Cooper, wrote: “This, from live stream of European Council chamber just now, does not look like a happy discussion…”
Commenting on the video, BBC’s Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg, wrote: “All going well.”
PA political correspondent David Wilcock added: “What’s the French for ‘trying to mug me off in front of my mates?’”