EU’s Juncker says aims for close ties with Britain after Brexit

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday the EU would not allow Britain to participate in parts of the bloc’s single market after Brexit without honouring its rules.

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech during a debate on The State of the European Union at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File Photo

bY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA//European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday renewed a pledge for close trade and security ties with Britain after Brexit, but said the European Union (EU) would not compromise on key withdrawal terms.

“If you leave the Union, you are of course no longer part of our single market, and certainly not only in the parts of it you choose,” Juncker said in his annual state-of-the-union speech to the European Parliament.

Delivering his annual state-of-the-union speech to the European Parliament, Juncker said the EU will not allow Britain to participate only in some parts of the bloc’s single market after Brexit without honoring all of the rules.

“This is why we want to find solutions that prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland,” he said, adding the EU will stand in solidarity with Ireland.

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