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A long story short: A year in Brexit - the best quotes.

By Anke Henrich and Holger Paul

Britons are gentlemen and react to emotional eruptions only with slightly stiffed upper lips. Or are they not? It obviously doesn't apply to Brexit. Maybe they are simply more belligerent than the continental Europeans.

René Goscinny recognized it as early as 19 in the comic "Asterix in Britain": "After 2000 years of care, my lawn will be quite acceptable, I think", says his typical british figure, risking every dispute with the Roman legionnaires to protect his green sanctuary. Anyway: Enjoy reading.

January 29

"Mr Speaker, if this House can come together we can deliver the decision the British people took in June 2016, restore faith in our democracy and get on with building a country that works for everyone." (Theresa May in a Statement before the House of Commons)

February 26

"Let me be clear, I do not want to see Article 50 extended. Our absolute focus should be on working to get a deal and leaving on 29 March." (Theresa May in a Statement before the House of Commons)

March 26

"Theresa May's deal is a bad one, it does not deliver on the promises made in the Tory Party manifesto and its negotiation was a failure of statesmanship. A £39 billion bill for nothing, a minimum of 21 months of vassalage, the continued involvement of the European Court and, worst of all, a backstop with no end date." (Jacob Rees-Mogg in a talk with the Daily Mail)

April 16

"We have learnt to pay a lot of attention to the House of Commons over the last months. But let me be very clear: On Brexit, nothing can be decided against the views of this House of European democracy; nothing can be decided on Brexit without taking full account of the position of the European Parliament." (Jean-Claude Juncker in a speech before the European Parliament)

June 5

"And also for you, with your wall, your border. We have a border situation in the United States and you have one over here, but I hear it's going to work out very well." (Donald Trump in talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar)

June 25

"So we are getting ready to come out on October the 31st. Come what may... Do or die. Come what may." (Boris Johnson on Talk Radio)

July 9

Whoever becomes the new Prime Minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or no deal, back to the people in a public vote. (Jeremy Corbyn in an e-mail to all Labour members)

July 18

"If you want to leave, you have two options, you leave with the deal on the table or you leave with no deal. Both have consequences. It is your choice to make. Please take a decision." (Nathalie Loiseau, French Member of Parliament, in a talk with Politico)

Sept 2

"There are no circumstances in which I will ask Brussels to delay. We are leaving on 31 October, no ifs or buts." (Boris Johnson, in front of Downing Street No 10)

Sept 5

"Yes, I can. I would rather be dead in a ditch." (Boris Johnson, asked if he could promise not to ask for an extension to Brexit negotiations, as a bill going through parliament requires him to)

Oct 17

"We've got a great new deal that takes back control. Now parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment." (Boris Johnson on Twitter)

Oct 20

"My message to Boris Johnson and company: jog on with your daft ideas" (Jeremy Corby on Twitter)

Oct 29

"Many have underestimated the manifold consequences of the Brexit. We too have to deal with these consequences, but Great Britain will have a much bigger burden to carry and that’s not easy to accept." (Michel Barnier, Basler Zeitung)

Oct 31

"Order…ORDER!" (John Bercow as Speaker of Parliament - for the very last time)

Nov 1

"We want to do trade with the U.K. and they want to do trade with us, (but) to be honest under certain aspects of the deal, you can't do it." (Donald Trump in a radio interview)

PS: Nov 5

"Brexit is UK's biggest mistake since second world war." (John Bercow after bowing out as Speaker of the House of Commons)

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