European Union will work day and night to achieve Brexit deal, says Juncker

Clay Curtis
September 14, 2018

European Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker used English only when speaking about the British withdrawal from the European Union (EU) during his EU State of the Union address on Wednesday.

And he'll poke worldwide locations to present up their national vetoes in some areas of global policy.

While Juncker was addressing the European Parliament, the European Commission unveiled proposals to give the European Banking Authority a powerful new mandate to ensure anti-money laundering rules are enforced effectively across EU countries according to The Guardian.

The proposal requires approval from the EU's parliament and member states to become law.

European Commission head Jean Claude Juncker on Wednesday called for a "new alliance" with Africa that would create millions of jobs and include a free trade deal.

In search of innovative solutions to a folder that divided the European Union since the migration crisis of 2015, the Commission proposes to build "a new alliance" between the European Union and the african continent, a partnership beyond development aid to speed up investment and job creation in Africa, which accounts for the vast majority of migrants who attempted the crossing of the Mediterranean.

Trade between Africa and Europe, said Juncker, was not insignificant - 36 percent of Africa's trade is with the European Union, compared to 16 percent with China and 6 percent with the United States.

In another part of his speech, Mr Juncker called for reform in how the European Union deals with immigration, which has been politically hard in several European Union countries.

"We must improve our ability to speak with one voice when it comes to our foreign policy", he said.

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And we, Europeans need this partnership just as much, " Juncker said.

"We need to demonstrate that together, East, West, South, North, we can sow the seeds of a Europe that is more sovereign", again urged Mr. Juncker.

"But we also ask the British government to understand that someone who leaves the Union can not be in the same privileged position as a Member State. No member state could've done that on its own". To love nations is to love Europe.

In a sign that Brussels remains open to a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK outside the single market, Mr Juncker added that "the United Kingdom will never be an ordinary third country for us".

"The Commission resist any attack on the rule of law and we continue to be very concerned by the developments in some of our member states".

Among the toughest issues left to solve is how to avoid a disruptive new UK-EU land border on the island of Ireland.

"Juncker wants the European Union to punch above, not below, its weight", the official said.

Juncker appeared to reject the PM's proposals to adopt EU customs rules for goods in his State of the Union address, telling her Britain can not stay "only in the parts you choose".

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