BRUSSELS, Oct 17 (Reuters) - EU leaders met for a two-day summit on Thursday and Friday, dominated by Brexit but also with other pressing issues including Turkey’s invasion of Syria, possible enlargement and the bloc’s budget.
The following are comments from the leaders and senior EU officials on their arrival.
“Brexit is still 100 times more better than without a deal.|
“We want to have a deal with the UK because after Brexit we want a good relationship with the UK.”
“It certainly looks very promising.”
“We have always supported an orderly exit.”
“We will continue the process with this deal.”
“We want to take the deal further so that the British parliament can decide on it.”
“A deal is always better than a no-deal.”
“We have good news this morning.”
“The deal now needs to be technically explained, politically presented. It will be done in the coming hours. As far as I’m concerned, I am satisfied we managed to find it and reasonably confident it can be ratified by the British and European parliament.”
“It is a step in the right direction, but I remain cautious. That’s in my character, my temperament, because I know from experience that the devil is often in the detail. ...now it is necessary that the British parliament provides its approval.”
“Well, (it’s) very encouraging news that there is an agreement, now we have to study the details. But in itself very encouraging.”
“The ball again is in the British Parliament(‘s court) ... I hope it goes through this time.”
“I hope we are now at the end of this process. But there are still many doubts - for instance, inside the British parliament.”
Reporting by Brussels newsroom