Brexit harming trade between Britain, Germany

Leo Varadkar with European Council President Donald Tusk at Government Buildings

BRITAIN will come to regret its decision to leave the EU, the president of the European Commission has said.

"The two leaders agreed on the need for consequences for those who use these heinous weapons in flagrant violation of worldwide norms", it said.

Mr Juncker was addressing the European Parliament earlier today on potential plans for future EU and United Kingdom relations.

Britain has said it will adhere to EU regulations for a time-limited period after it leaves the European Union in March 2019, and hopes the details of this transition, or implementation period, will be finalised at a summit with the EU on March 22-24.

The Federation of German Industry (BDI) urged British Prime Minister Theresa May and the remaining 27 European Union leaders to agree a "status quo" transition period preserving present trade arrangements beyond Britain's departure date of March 29, 2019.

Juncker said that it had already been agreed that there "should be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland".

"I recommend that we keep a close eye on the regulatory divergence, this dumping", he said, warning that it could become a key obstacle if Britain wants to get a smooth exit from the EU.

"If nerve gas was actively used against civilians in one of our member states, I believe that the European Council should, in clear terms, express its full solidarity with the British people and the British government in addressing this issue", said Timmermans, who as Dutch foreign minister accused Russian Federation of downing an airliner flying from Amsterdam over Ukraine in 2014.

Juncker warned it was particularly crucial for London to clarify its plans for the sensitive issue of the Irish border.

Britain intends to leave the EU's single market and customs union, which suggests the need for border controls somewhere.

"It's time to face up to the hard facts", Barnier told the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

Mr Barnier added that it was a "rather surprising idea" to think the European Union could accept convergence in some areas "and at the same time open up the possibility for divergence when there is a comparative advantage to be had" for the UK.

Mr Lang said a free trade agreement alone was "too little for companies".

"As the clock counts down with one year to go it is now time to translate speeches into treaties", Juncker said.

UKIP MEP and former party leader Nigel Farage finds that outrageous.



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