'You will regret this' - Juncker's stark message to UK

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

Mr Juncker also caused fury among British MEPs as he used a speech at the European Parliament to claim that the Irish border was a "European issue".

On 2 March, Theresa May, the British prime minister, declared that the United Kingdom would leave the single market, customs union and authority of the European Court of Justice, leaving a free trade agreement as the most likely future arrangement with the EU.

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage said the European Union was trying to "bully" Britain.

Michel Barnier said any attempt by Britain to gain a competitive edge through the use of what is termed "dumping" would jeopardize hopes the country has for a smooth and orderly withdrawal from the EU.


"I would rather have preferred Britain not to have chose to leave the European Union, but anyone who leaves the European Union has to know, frankly, what this means", he said.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019 but is looking to agree a transition agreement for a period after Brexit in order to smooth out the impact.

Britain, which played no formal role in drawing up the draft, objected to some of its contents, particularly a section on avoiding a hard Irish border which set out in detail proposals to keep Northern Ireland in a the EU's customs union.

The UK will "regret" its decision to leave the European Union, Brussels' top official has warned.


"Does Britain also want to leave that model and go toward regulatory competition - call it dumping - against us", he asked legislators at the European Parliament in Strasbourg France.

The European Parliament - which will have the final veto on any Brexit deal - will vote on Wednesday on a proposal to offer Britain an "association agreement" which it says would be broader than a trade deal. If you made a decision to jettison, leave behind, the common agreements and rules then you have to accept that things can not remain what they are ...

Mr Juncker was heckled from the UKIP benches whose MEPs said it is not a European issue, but a British issue.

He said: "There was this Mansion House speech by Mrs May, but it was mainly repeating the red lines that we know already".


The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said talks he held with May and her Brexit minister David Davis last week had left him confident London would "see the advantages of such an approach".

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