UK WILL REGRET BREXIT: JUNCKER
BRUSSELS: Britain will regret leaving the European Union, the president of the European Commission has warned.
Speaking in his annual state of the union address in Strasbourg Jean-claude Juncker said the EU would respect the will of the British people but that the bloc would “move on” from the UK’S departure.
Juncker unveiled plans for a summit to be held on March 30 2019 – the day after the UK leaves – in order to discuss the future of the bloc. He also used the speech to spell out a major reform package for the EU: with a new push for all applicable member states to join the Euro, the expansion of the borderless Schengen area to Romania and Bulgaria, as well as the merger of the presidencies if the European Commission and European Council. He also backed the creation of a new European economics and finance minister, an idea proposed by Macron; as well as reforms to the European Parl that would see some MEPS elected from European-wide lists voted on by all countries at once. Juncker’s comments on Brexit are a break from last year’s state of the union, where he pointedly declined to mention Britain’s departure from the union.