UK will re­gret de­ci­sion, says Juncker

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The UK will come to re­gret its de­ci­sion to leave the Euro­pean Union, Brus­sels’ top of­fi­cial has claimed.

Euro­pean Com­mis­sion pres­i­dent Jean-claude Juncker said things “can­not re­main as they are” for the UK in its re­la­tion­ship with the EU af­ter leav­ing the bloc.

Ad­dress­ing the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, Mr Juncker was cheered by Euroscep­tic MEPS as he noted the UK’S de­par­ture was due on March 29 2019.

Re­spond­ing to their ap­plause, Mr Juncker said the time would come “when you will re­gret your de­ci­sion”.

In a mes­sage to Theresa May, who had hoped her Mansion House speech had pro­vided fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on her plans, Mr Juncker said the EU needed “more clar­ity on how the UK sees its fu­ture re­la­tion­ship”.

And he in­sisted the EU was united over the is­sue of the Ir­ish bor­der, one of the main is­sues in the ne­go­ti­a­tion.

Mr Juncker said “cherry-pick­ing is not go­ing to be pos­si­ble” in the fu­ture trade re­la­tion­ship be­tween the UK and EU.

And he said the con­tro­ver­sial “back­stop” pro­posal for deal­ing with the bor­der be­tween North­ern Ire­land and the Re­pub­lic “trans­lates faith­fully” the agree­ment reached be­tween Mrs May and the EU in De­cem­ber.

He said the EU was ready to work with the UK on its pre­ferred op­tion of the bor­der is­sue be­ing re­solved in the fu­ture trade deal, or by other spe­cific mea­sures.

Mr Juncker said: “The 27 mem­ber states stand firm and united when it comes to Ire­land. For us this is not an Ir­ish is­sue, it is a Euro­pean is­sue.”

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