Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

United Kingdom seeks 'deep security partnership' with European Union after Brexit

United Kingdom seeks 'deep security partnership' with European Union after Brexit

The former Luxembourg prime minister, 62, has less than two years left in office to ensure that his legacy is not limited to the departure of one of the European Union's largest member states.

He said the European Commission will open free-trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand and would aim to conclude talks with Mexico and South America trading bloc Mercosur by the end of the year.

He will call for countries that are outside the eurozone and the Schengen passport-free area to join, they added.

Juncker said that it was Europe that set the rules of the game with the ratification of the multilateral Paris climate agreement.

He also suggested making his successors as chief executives also the chairs of EU summits, fusing the roles of presidents of the European Commission and that of the European Council so as to make EU structures more comprehensible at home and overseas.

But aides say Juncker believes numerous 440 million other Europeans will only truly wake up to the fact the second-ranked economy is leaving pretty much around when it actually happens.

Mr Davis has been embroiled in fraught Brexit negotiations with the EU's Michel Barnier
Mr Davis has been embroiled in fraught Brexit negotiations with the EU's Michel Barnier

"However, the European Parliament has made it clear that, whatever the outcome of the negotiations on the future European Union-United Kingdom relationship, they can not involve any trade-off between internal and external security, on the one hand, and the future economic relationship, on the other hand". He also said that, if Europe wanted peace in the neighbourhood, it should give credible prospect for membership to the Western Balkans. Although he said enlargement is not possible under his mandate, he argued that the accession process must continue.

Juncker's said he "rules out European Union membership for Turkey in the foreseeable future", saying that "in the case of all accession countries, the rule of law, justice and fundamental values have top priority in the negotiations". "Otherwise our continent will struggle for air", Juncker said, even though the president rarely visits eastern member states.

The activists want their rights guaranteed for life under the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to prevent a future government rolling back assurances.

Evan Greenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Chubb, commented; "Locating our European Union headquarters in France post-Brexit is a clear choice for us".

The European Commission is now proposing that it should have the right to review foreign investment in important assets.

The biggest challenge to achieving his long list of ambitions by then will be overcoming entrenched national interests: "Democracy is about compromise", he said in a blunt warning to the squabbling leaders he wants to come together in Transylvania.

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