September 19, 2019 / 10:51 AM / a month ago

EU sees no Brexit proposal deadline, but sees summit 'milestone'

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission has no firm deadline for when Britain should make a formal proposal to break the deadlock over Brexit, but says it should be presented before a “milestone” EU summit on Oct. 17-18.

“If there are no precise dates being mentioned that is not a deadline because a deadline implies a precise date. In that case, as I have reiterated, every day counts,” a European Commission spokeswoman said on Thursday.

“We mentioned the European Council in October as a milestone in our calendar so in order to properly prepare a European Council the sooner we make progress the better, but I don’t have a precise date to give you,” she continued.

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop

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