Saturday, 25 March 2017

UK absence from EU's 60th anniversary 'a sad moment', says Jean-Claude Juncker



Britain's absence from the EU's 60th birthday celebrations is "a sad moment", EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker has said.
 
The president of the European Commission also restated his view that the UK's departure from the bloc after more than 40 years was "a tragedy".


Mr Juncker was speaking at a meeting of the remaining 27 member states in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the founding agreement of the EU.


Britain is set to trigger Article 50 next Wednesday that will start the formal two-year divorce proceedings from Brussels.


As he arrived at the anniversary ceremony, Mr Juncker said: "It is a very sad moment, I do think that the Brexit, the exit of Britain, is a tragedy."


But he believed the EU was strong enough to see through the challenges it faced from economic problems and the migration crisis to the terrorist threat and rise of populist anti-Europe movements.




SKY    News.