Juncker paints 'big picture' of EU's global role

13 September, 2018, 15:32 | Author: Myra Gill
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Juncker said the corps should be funded by some 2.2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) in European Union money from the bloc's next long-term budget.

Many nations have expressed concern about having their borders policed by staff from other countries, even if they are European partners.

Should the United Kingdom continue the tradition of changing the clocks post-Brexit, it threatens to create a new time border between Belfast and Dublin, which will remain part of Europe.

Businesses fear a disruptive "no-deal" scenario under which Britain would crash out of the European Union next year with few agreements in place to transition into a new reality.

Europe will "find a solution to avoid a hard Border in Ireland and defend all elements of the Good Friday Agreement".

Mr Juncker ridiculed Theresa May's threat that Britain could build a rival satellite to the EU's Galileo navigation system after Brexit. But Juncker made clear key demands by the bloc held firm.

He said the European Union, including the Commission and all member states, would "show loyalty and solidarity with Ireland" over the Border.

"From an European Union perspective, they're away with the fairies".


While the European Union opposes May's call for Britain to stay in a free trade zone with the European Union for goods only, Juncker said the two sides should seek a broad free-trade deal.

He added that he welcomed Mrs May's Chequers plan to develop "an ambitious new partnership" after Brexit.

The EU's pledge to import more soybeans from US farmers was the "dealmaker" in the agreement between European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and US President Donald Trump to stop the dispute and open trade talks, EU sources told EURACTIV.

The plan is opposed in Britain by both supporters of closer ties and those who want a clean break, including a strong eurosceptic wing of May's own Conservative party.

The amended Commission's proposal will further equip the future EU Asylum Agency with the necessary mandate, tools and financial means needed to provide a rapid and full service to Member States throughout the asylum procedure.

"I have been working towards this proposal for the best part of a decade as Ireland's member of the European Parliament's Working Group on the Clock Change, and I am delighted that there is now light at the end of the tunnel".

European Commission President Juncker called for the establishing of the increased border and coastguard force, as the bloc bolsters efforts to reduce migration.

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