European Commission sets a deadline for British PM after 'no white smoke' on Brexit

Last Updated: Dec 07 2017 18:52

BRUSSELS- On Thursday, the European Commission said that there was still "no white smoke" on a Brexit deal and set a limit of Sunday for British Prime Minister Theresa May to return to Brussels with an acceptable deal.

"So far no white smoke. We stand ready to receive prime minister May at any moment in time when they are ready," Margaritis Schinas, chief spokesman for commission chief Jean- Claude Juncker, told reporters in Brussels.

"But I would like to repeat what President Juncker said on this, namely that this will have to happen this week, in this building. We work for a full week, 24/7, and our week includes Sunday."

"Every day lost makes this more difficult," he said. "President Juncker is a born optimist... But it takes two to tango, two to be optimist."