European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker 'will not seek second term'

Feb 14, 2017, 00:35
European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker 'will not seek second term'

Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said he would not seek a second term when his tenure expires in 2019.

According to Reuters, Juncker told Deutschlandfunk radio: "The other European Union 27 don't know it yet, but the Brits know very well how they can tackle this".

Theresa May has said the United Kingdom "cannot possibly" remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean "not leaving the EU at all". I have some doubt.

The Brexit Department declined to comment directly on Juncker's remarks, but pointed to a recent speech by the Prime Minister in which May said she wanted a "strong and constructive" partnership with the EU.

One of Germany's top banking regulators has warned that London could lose its status as "gateway to Europe" for the banking sector after Britain quits the European trading bloc.

"I am surprised that Jean-Claude Juncker is so anxious about the British".

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Juncker has told German broadcaster Deutschlandfunk there "will be no second [campaign]" like the one in 2014.

Berry said he was not looking to ease immigration restrictions, but wanted the Government to take symbolic "small steps" to renew Britain's ties with the Commonwealth after more than 40 years of being focused on the EU.

'The EU is failing due to its own undemocratic, unaccountable design not the fact the United Kingdom is the first to see the light and leave'.

'We should not allow the Brits to pursue trade deals now with others, because they are not allowed to do so, ' he said.

'I am surprised that Jean-Claude Juncker is so anxious about the British, ' he said.

European Union member states are becoming even more divided over opinions that "are not necessarily compatible", he said, referencing Hungary and Poland. In my opinion he has been a very divisive force'.