Britain ‘will regret’ Brexit
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)