It is a European issue

  • It is a European issue

It is a European issue

Things "cannot remain as they are" for the United Kingdom in its relationship with the EU once it has left the bloc, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said in an address to the European Parliament.

European Council spokeswoman Monika Panayotova said: "Though there has been a succession of speech we need more concrete proposals".

The developments follow those of a junior UK Brexit minister who told a gathering at the Institute of Directors on March 12 that the UK and European Union "are very close" to striking an accord on the transitional period.

"If nerve gas was actively used against civilians in one of our member states, I believe that the European Council should, in clear terms, express its full solidarity with the British people and the British government in addressing this issue", said Timmermans, who as Dutch foreign minister accused Russian Federation of downing an airliner flying from Amsterdam over Ukraine in 2014.

The UK wants an agreement this month on a transition period, which the European Union said should last until the end of 2020.

Mr. Juncker says both sides have agreed that there should be no hard border on the island of Ireland and that must be respected.

"Does Britain also want to leave that model and go toward regulatory competition - call it dumping - against us", he asked legislators at the European Parliament in Strasbourg France.

Juncker told MEPs the draft text simply translated the December accord into legal language and "should not come as a shock".

When one MEP shouted "it is a British issue", Mr Juncker shot back: 'It is all for one and one for all, that is what it means to be part of this union'.

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

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator warned Britain Tuesday against undercutting EU rules and regulations that underpin anything from social protections to food security when it leaves the bloc. But the EU says some of her demands are confusing, and others are unworkable because of her own red lines, such as ending European Court of Justice oversight of British affairs.

"The EU is bullying us", he said, before urging Theresa May "to do what Trump has done and stand strong against the European Commission, against the unelected bullies".

That was denounced in London as an attempt to annex part of the United Kingdom, and in her Mansion House speech last month, May said that both sides needed to come up with a solution to the border issue together.

The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said talks he held with May and her Brexit minister David Davis last week had left him confident London would "see the advantages of such an approach".

But Barnier said it dealt with the realities on the ground.

"We are open for business".