Jolly Tusk, Juncker Joke around in Late-Night Brexit Delay Press Conference Ended with ‘Hell’
The European Council President almost give Britain 8 extra days of Brexit extension in the no-deal scenario.
European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker caused some laughs and had some of their own during their late-night press conference in Brussels after on Thursday night the EU 27 leaders agreed to delay Brexit.
According to the conclusions of the European Council Summit, the European Union granted the UK an extension on Brexit from the originally set date of March 29, 2019.
The Brexit extension will be until May 22, the day before the 2019 EU Elections, if the British Parliament approves next week UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s amended Brexit deal with the Union, or until April 12, if the legislature in London fails to do so.
With the European Council Summit talks lasting a good 8 hours on Thursday night, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker went on to give reporters an update on the delay of the EU Lisbon Treaty’s Article 50 process in a late-night press conference.
The unusual hour and topic of the press conference ended up being lit up by tongue slipping with the otherwise cataclysmic Brexit process deadlines, and some joking or witty answers by Tusk and Juncker to reporters’ questions.
Tusk set the tone when he mistook the “shorter” Brexit extension date by saying it was April 20, but was quick to correct himself,
“In the second scenario, if the withdrawal agreement is not approved by the House of Commons next week, the European Council agrees to an extension until the 20th of April… – 12th, 12th of April…,” Tusk said, with Juncker’s laughter heard in the background.
The EC President himself demonstrated a sense of humor when he got asked by a reporter how long a long Brexit extension was.
“Do you have an idea?” Juncker turned to Tusk who, however, remained silent.
“Until the very end,” Juncker then replied on his own.
Tusk also had a witty response moment at the very end of the late-night Brexit extension press conference which drew a connection between a no-deal Brexit scenario and “going to hell”.
Reminded by a reporter of his previous comments that there was a special place in hell for those who promoted Brexit without a plan, and asked that special place in hell should be enlarged the British MPs if they don’t approve May’s Brexit deal next week, Tusk responded,
“According to our Pope, hell is still empty, and it means that there is a lot of space [there]!”
“I think it’s the right moment to conclude the press conference,” a spokesman intervened then.
However, the top EU officials’ Brexit delay press conference did not conclude before Juncker weighed in once again, with a remark seemingly directed at the British MPs,
“Don’t go to hell!”
The funny moments in Tusk and Juncker’s late-night Brexit extension press conference can be seen in this BBC News video.
(Banner images: Video grabs from BBC News)