Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Brexit: Jean-Claude Juncker says United Kingdom will 'regret' decision

Brexit: Jean-Claude Juncker says United Kingdom will 'regret' decision

Responding to the small group, Mr Juncker said the time would come "when you will regret your decision".

The European Union would make the point before EU leaders meet at a summit on March 22-23 that the EU was a long-standing and trusted security partner of the United States and thus not a threat to national security and that the Pentagon only needed 3 percent of USA annual steel production to serve its needs.

Mr Juncker told MEPs in Strasbourg there was "increasing urgency" to negotiate the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Juncker added: "I would rather have preferred for Britons not to decide to leave the European Union but anyone who leaves the EU has to know frankly what this means". "If you decide to jettison, leave behind, the common agreements and rules, then you have to accept that things can not remain as they are".

Juncker said that without a plan to avoid a hard border, the "backstop" of in effect keeping Northern Ireland in the customs union and single market had to remain.

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Mr Juncker was heckled by one MEP who shouted "it is a British issue".

He spoke about the failure so far by the United Kingdom to come up with a plan to avoid a hard Border in Ireland, or create a "solution" to Brexit.

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"A van driver travelling south for work could soon face a call from Dublin costing the same as one from Dubai - around 30 times the cost before roaming charges were abolished".

"But the idea of a customs union should not just be discarded, because from an economic point of view a free trade agreement does not go far enough", he added.

"Do they also want to distance themselves from our regulatory model, the one that we have constructed together with you - and you with us - for 44 years?"

Survey questions cover contact details, European Union laws under which firms are passporting into Britain and the firms' intentions regarding access to Britain's financial market after Brexit.

Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, said he was "surprised" that the prime minister had expected it to accept her demands in the Mansion House speech.

He has put forward a motion to the European Parliament for an "association agreement" to deal with the future UK-EU relationship.

Britain is still yet to put forward an "official proposal" to the European Union and Mrs May's Mansion House speech, and its content, was already known by the bloc for two years, according to Mr Verhofstadt.

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