Publicado: Mier, Marcha 14, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

EU's Juncker demands Theresa May give more clarity on Brexit

EU's Juncker demands Theresa May give more clarity on Brexit

The European Commission is expecting to hear from the United States in the coming days how the European Union can avoid USA import tariffs on steel and aluminum, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday.

Other MEPs used the plenary session to put forward their stance on the UK's departure from the EU.

Heckled by eurosceptic British MEPs while he was speaking, Juncker told them a time would come when "you will regret your decision" to leave the bloc.

During his speech, Juncker said the issue of Ireland was a European one, but was interrupted by members of the parliament saying this was only a British issue.

This is especially important when it comes to Ireland.

The UK had no need to be "shocked", he said, that Brussels was holding the British government to its commitments made in a joint report with the commission last December to otherwise keep Northern Ireland in lock step with European Union law, as the status quo would not last beyond Brexit day on 29 March 2019.

But running through the three options for Northern Ireland, Juncker - who was flanked by the EU's Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier and his former Chief of Cabinet Martin Selmayr - said it was up to the come up with a workable solution that would avoid the need for a hard border.

And the former Luxembourg PM warned London the European Union institutions and member states stood squarely in support of Ireland on the issue.

He also seized on the Irish border issue, saying the United Kingdom must put forward proposals on how to avoid a hard border, although he added it was a "European issue" not just an "Irish issue".

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Mr Junker said the European Union was ready to work with the United Kingdom on its preferred option of the Irish border issue being resolved in the future trade deal, or by other specific measures.

The EU and Britain are hoping to seal a deal this month on a transition period after Brexit this spring.

In the speech May suggested Britain would commit to keeping some European Union regulations and standards while reserving the option to diverge in others.

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

He also dismissed British suggestions they could take part in EU agencies after Brexit without submitting to rulings by the European Court of Justice.

The agreement would be based around four "pillars" - trade, foreign policy and security cooperation, internal security and "thematic" cooperation, which includes education and research programmes.

The European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt also called for more details from the Prime Minister.

Barnier also urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to speed up the Brexit negotiations and define her vision for the future relationship between the country and the 27 remaining member states.

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