Wednesday, 13 September 2017

"wind is back in Europe's sails", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in annual state union address



The "wind is back in Europe's sails", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said in his annual state of the union address.

 
 
He told the European Parliament there was a "window of opportunity" to build a stronger, more united union - but it "wouldn't stay open forever".


Mr Juncker said the EU had made economic strides in the year since his last such address.


But he called for the union to seize the momentum and agree new trade deals.


Trade talks should open with Australia and New Zealand, he said, and be completed by late 2019.


Mr Juncker looked forward to a European Union beyond the UK's departure on 29 March 2019, where membership of the banking union, eurozone and the Schengen border-free zone would be standard.


On Brexit itself, addressing the UK he said that "we will always regret this, and I think you will regret this too". "We will move on because Brexit isn't everything. It isn't the future of Europe - it's not the be all and end all."




BBC    News.