Jean-Claude Juncker (pictured above) has used his ‘State of the Union’ address to provoke a fresh firestorm, by claiming that the UK will ‘live to regret’ leaving the European Union. He also dismissed the UK leaving as not being a matter of any ‘major significance’ for the future of the union.
Mr Juncker’s remarks will do little to reduce growing acrimony on both sides of the Brexit negotiating table which has lead to an impasse in the talks.
Mr Juncker said: “March 29, 2019, that will be the date when the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. This will be a very sad and tragic moment in our history.
“We will always regret this and I think that you will regret it as well soon if I might say.
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“Nonetheless we have to respect the will of the British people but we are going to make progress. We will keep moving.
“We will move on because Brexit isn’t everything. It is not the future of Europe. It is not the be all and end all.”
Mr Juncker also used his speech to outline his desire for further integration in Europe which prompted Nigel Farage, the former UKIP leader, to attack the European chief’s plans.
He said: “Thank god we are leaving. You have learned nothing from Brexit.”
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.