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Juncker hopes for Brexit deal in November

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker arrives for the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Salzburg, Austria.

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday he was fully focused on making Brexit negotiations a success and hoped for a deal in November.
The European Union's Brexit negotiators see a divorce deal with Britain as "very close", diplomatic sources have told Reuters, signaling that a compromise might be in the making on the most contentious issue of the future Irish border.
"Negotiations are not easy because we also have to be critical that we receive different signals from London," Juncker said, addressing the Austrian parliament.
"There is a polyphonic chorus at the level of the British cabinet and we try to arrange the pieces ... so that they become a melody," he said. He said he hoped the European Council later this month would make "enough progress" that "we can see it through in November".
Britain and the EU are trying to push the divorce deal as well as an agreement on post-Brexit relations in time for two leaders' summits scheduled for Oct. 17-18 and Nov. 17-18.
Juncker urges EU member states to talk with one voiceBERLIN (Reuters) - The discussion in Britain over its departure from the European Union is still far removed from reality, the European Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker said at a public forum in the German city of Freiburg.
"Sometimes I have the impression that the British think that it's us quitting Great Britain, but it's exactly the other way around," he said to laughs from an audience of several thousand, adding that the British public had never properly been informed about the consequences of quitting the bloc.
"There never was a real referendum campaign in Britain in the sense of an information campaign," he said when asked about the possibility of a second British vote on EU membership. "The British, including government ministers, are only now discovering how many questions it raises."
"If talks (on air transport) go wrong, then no more British airplanes can land on the continent. People didn't know that, and they should probably have been told," he said.
Juncker, a former Luxembourg prime minister, also said Brexit was "a question of the past" and that he wanted to deal with the future of the EU of 27 states.
"We are right in the middle of these difficult Brexit negotiations and I am totally for finding a good way to cooperate with the Brits as friends," he added. "We need to keep this civil."

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