What Does Brexit Mean For The UK's Military?

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2017

Brexit Britain will be the best country in the world to do maritime business with due to more trade opportunities, more jobs and more investment in new technologies, the UK's Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said. We will keep moving.

As one who still believes in that ideal, I can only say: we are not amused.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, forecast that the UK's departure would be a "sad and tragic" moment, but insisted it was "not the be all and end all" for the bloc.

Juncker's spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the speech would feature a "reflection on the progress made in the last year" while Juncker "will lay out the programme for the year ahead and until the end of the mandate" in late 2019.

During the 2016 State of the Union address, Juncker had revealed that the Commission was publishing a white paper on five possible scenarios for the future of the EU.

"The UK and the European Commission have today jointly agreed to start the fourth round of negotiations on September 25", a government spokesman said in a statement.

Addressing French and German ideas of creating a separate budget for the euro zone, on top of the existing long-term European Union budget, and a separate euro zone parliament, alongside the existing European Union parliament, Juncker rejected both ideas. "Europe is open to trade, yes, but there has to be reciprocity". The former Luxembourg premier urged deeper integration across the board, calling for more states to join the euro and the passport-free Schengen area, and proposing a single European Union chief and dedicated pan-European finance minister.

Several countries, including Hungary and Poland, could already join the euro, but are holding off. But underscoring growing tensions with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he said the prospect of Turkish membership was off the agenda for the foreseeable future and accused Ankara of trying to provoke the European Union into ending accession talks. "The foreign secretary used to claim the European Union played no role whatsoever in keeping us safe but today he praises its "crucial" role in helping us to achieve our foreign policy goals". "Creativity and political will is needed to ensure that this does not happen", he added.

"Allowances given to United Kingdom companies for free should not be valid in the EU ETS if those companies have no more obligations under the ETS", said Peter Liese MEP, EPP Group Spokesman on Environment.

"We will always regret this".

To cheers from pro-Brexit members, including former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, he added: "I think you will regret it quite soon".

Labour wants to remain in the single market during the interim period following Brexit day, now set for March 29, 2019, while a eurosceptic group of Conservatives is pressing May to make a clean break.

Laurence Norman and Andrea Thomas in Berlin contributed to this article.

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