Juncker's Union: seizing the day

Boris said he agrees with Jean Claude Juncker's forthcoming comments

For once it seems Boris and Jean Claude agree on something

Jean-Claude Juncker has been sounding off his thoughts about the United Kingdom leaving the #European Union.

The government emphasised that "NATO will continue to be the cornerstone" of its security upon leaving the EU in March 2019 but that Britain would seek a UK-EU relationship that is "deeper than any third country partnership".

He looked ahead to the day after Britain's departure on March 29, 2019, saying Europe should "throw off the bowlines, sail away from the harbour" - and have another summit, in Romania.

Mr Juncker also called for the roles of the president of the European Commission and the president of the European Council to be merged in future.

He urged European Union states to adopt tax reforms with a "qualified majority" rather than by unanimity, a practice that has so far blocked major overhauls of tax legislation in the 28-country bloc.

Juncker offered some reassurances on that, saying he did not favour a separate euro zone budget, or a euro zone finance minister, but closer ties between all 27 European Union states remaining after Brexit.

Mr. Juncker proposed starting free-trade talks with Australia and New Zealand and completing a number of agreements by late 2019, when his mandate ends.

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Well, known anti - European Nigel Farage has been sarcastically making fun of Juncker's words.

Mr Juncker said countries from around the world were "lining up at our door" to do trade deals with the European Union and that other accords such as those with Mexico and parts of South America were also on the table.

Britain certainly gave its fair share to the European Union financially but we also got a lot back in the funding of community projects for example.

Poland is subject to the commission's first-ever probe of an European Union country over the rule of law because of concern that the governing Law & Justice party is undermining judicial independence. "We need to get the EU's house in order before there can even be a discussion on centralising even further".

A former co-chief of staff of May says that the citizens who want to work in the Britain, May should consider them and give them preferential treatment. These functions, he said, should be filled instead by a vice president of the Commission, chairing the Eurogroup of 19 euro zone finance ministers and managing a euro zone budget that would be part of the budget for the whole European Union, overseen by Parliament.

The EU is seeking to capitalize on new trade opportunities in response to a more protectionist "America First" stance from the United States under President Donald Trump. If this is the case will these other nations be able to step up to the plate as it were? The most interesting of them turns the "deal or no deal" vote which the government conceded MPs would have at the end of the negotiation process into something much more substantial.

Of non-EU states, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are also part of the Schengen Area.

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