Jean-Claude Juncker: 'Europe will keep moving, because Brexit isn't everything'

Violet Powell
September 14, 2017

"Otherwise our continent will struggle for air", Junker said.

He called for an European Union summit in the Romanian city of Sibiu on March 30, 2019, the day Britain would officially depart the bloc.

Mr Juncker accused Turkey of distancing itself from the European Union and said the country will not become a member of the bloc for the "foreseeable future". Juncker's argument is, however, that if they refuse offers and pressure to join, they can not then complain about being treated as "second class" members of the Union.

The EU president said in an annual address Wednesday that, with the United States stepping away, Europe will lead the global fight against climate change.

French President Emmanuel Macron has made ending this practice, which he says amounts to social dumping, a key priority.

At the same time, European Union officials argue, past attempts by Paris and Berlin to force a lead on integration, such as by Merkel and then president Nicolas Sarkozy at the height of the euro zone crisis in 2011, failed to gain traction.

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Agri-food and traditional manufacturing face an additional vulnerability due to the UK's reliance on the two sectors, the report added, as outside the EU, Britain would have an incentive to seek trade agreements with third countries on better terms in areas in which it is not self-sufficient.

A FORMER Brexit minister has said we should commit to keep paying into the Brussels budget during a transitional period to help break the deadlock in talks with the EU.

More than two years of bruising battles over migration have caused a lot of bad blood in the European Union, spilling over to other policy areas and reinforcing calls from the west to cut generous European Union funding for the eastern states who deny help.

The defence proposal is the latest in a series of papers setting out the UK's negotiating positions. "The judgments of the European Court of Justice have to be respected by all". The right road for Europe can only be the road where there is more democracy left to the people, more democracy left to the citizens where people can vote whether or not they want to have Schengen maintained or not, whether they want their borders or not.

"The rule of law is not optional in the European Union".

The UK and France are the two European permanent members of the UN Security Council and the only European countries with an independent nuclear deterrent, the paper will say, while UK proscriptions and asset freezes are the basis of numerous EU sanctions on terrorist organisations.

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