December 17, 2015 / 9:50 AM / in 3 years

EU's Juncker says will reach 'fair deal' to avoid Brexit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is seeking a fair deal that will provide a way out of a complicated questions over the future of Britain’s membership in the bloc, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz (L) and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker (R) hold a joint news conference ahead a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman

“We want a fair deal with Britain and this fair deal has to be a fair deal with other countries,” Juncker told a briefing in Brussels.

“We’ll enter the concrete and vital phase of negotiations with our British colleagues. The Commission is ready to look for other options than the single one proposed by the British prime minister and I’m quite convinced that we will find a solution to that highly complicated question.”

(This version of the story corrects “communicated” to “complicated” in final quote)

Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel, editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek

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