Jean-Claude Juncker: Britons will 'soon regret' Brexit vote

UK takes step closer to Brexit law change

However, even if the United Kingdom leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal, the EU regulations in this area will already have been copied into United Kingdom law under the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill now before Parliament, assuming this passes into law.

"Ten years since crisis struck, Europe's economy is finally bouncing back", he said.

Juncker nevertheless lashed out at European Union countries that breach the "rule of law" - a swipe at Poland and Hungary which have been at odds with Brussels over democratic standards.

The British and French governments said this year they'd work toward a benchmark of banning the sales of new gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles from its roads beginning in 2040.

"I am very pleased that Mrs May has accepted the invitation of European Parliament to visit the European Parliament", the former Belgian prime minister told journalists, adding that he does not know when May plans to visit.

Britain wants to have closer defence cooperation with the European Union after Brexit than other countries outside the union, according to a document that sets out a vision of "a deep security partnership" aimed at nudging talks forward. The expected positive change of tone by Juncker as he addresses the 750 MEPs will be dramatic compared to a year ago when a string of crises from the debt in the eurozone to migration culminated in the the Brexit natural disaster.

After Japan on the trade front, Australia, New Zealand and South America are next in Brussels' sights for rapid new agreements. "This rules out European Union membership for Turkey for the foreseeable future", he said. New deals will also be stripped of controversial elements such as special business tribunals to make them easier to ratify.

The House of Lords EU committee said that money from the European Development Fund accounted for 36% of Anguilla's capital budget in 2016. A European Defence Union, supported by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, to be ready by 2025.

The UK wants to continue contributing troops and military assets to European Union operations after Brexit as part of closer defence co-operation with the bloc, according to a new Government paper. Juncker wants states to make good on pledges of aid to Africa to promote growth and slow emigration.

Juncker, a former prime minister of Luxembourg and long-time chairman of the euro zone finance ministers group, has sounded alarm at noisy disputes over European Union subsidies, civil liberties, fiscal policy and national sovereignty that are dividing northern and southern states, rich and poor, the west from the ex-communist east.

"But all-in-all, he proposes to stay the course".

Juncker said the bloc must also be stronger in the fight against terrorism.

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