Bri­tain ‘will re­gret’ Brexit

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BRUS­SELS – The United King­dom will “soon re­gret” leav­ing the EU, Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean-claude Juncker has said.

Juncker told the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment that Brexit would be a “sad, tragic” mo­ment for the EU but that the 27-mem­ber union would “move on”.

“Brexit is not the fu­ture of Europe. It is not the be all and end all.”

But, speak­ing in the same de­bate, EX-UKIP leader Nigel Farage said the EU had “learnt noth­ing” from Brexit and was plough­ing “full steam ahead”.

In his state of the union speech in Stras­bourg, Juncker pro­posed an EU sum­mit on the day af­ter Brexit, March 30, 2019, in the Ro­ma­nian city of Sibiu to map out the fu­ture of the Euro­pean Union.

He called for closer eco­nomic and de­fence co-oper­a­tion among mem­ber states, in­clud­ing more sup­port for states out­side the eu­ro­zone to pre­pare them to join the sin­gle cur­rency, and re­forms to the sin­gle mar­ket.

Re­flect­ing on the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges that the con­ti­nent had faced in re­cent years, he said the “wind is back in Europe’s sails”.

While he re­spected the choice of the Bri­tish peo­ple to go their own way, he said the UK’S exit would prove a “very sad, tragic mo­ment in our his­tory” which we “will al­ways re­gret”. (BBC)

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