Member states of the European Union will have to raise their contributions once the UK leaves in 2019, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday. "We need more than one percent of European GDP, quite clearly, if we are to pursue European policies and fund them adequately," said Juncker at a conference in Brussels. This coming May, the commission, the European Union's executive, is going to present its budget proposal for the period after 2020. Ideally, they want to reach an agreement before European elections next year. Read more:'Leave' champion Nigel Farage says EU doesn't get Brexit: EU Budget Commissioner, Germany's Guenther Oettinger, said that Britain leaving the bloc would leave a shortfall of 12-13 billion euros ($14.3 - $15.5 billion). Filling the UK-sized gap This coming May, the Commission is planning to adopt a detailed proposal for the next multi-annual financial framework (MFF), which Oettinger said should be from 2021 until … [Read more...] about Juncker: EU member states must contribute more post-Brexit
BRUSSELS boss Jean-Claude Juncker last night insisted Brexit will go ahead next year regardless of the opposition from Remainers.And the European Commission chief said those claiming otherwise are deluded.His remarks comes as a major rebuke to Remainers who want to reverse Brexit such as Labour peer Lord Adonis and former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg.The pair are among those pushing for a second referendum on the deal Theresa May secures with EU leaders.Mr Juncker told a conference in Brussels: “Don’t believe those who say that it’s not going to happen and that people have realised their error in the UK.“I don’t think that that’s going to be the case. Our British friends will be leaving us on the 30th of March 2019.”But Labour MP Ben Bradshaw accused him of being out of touch. He said: “He needs to get out more and not assume statements of UK Government ministers speak for Britain.”Remain campaign group Best For Britain added: … [Read more...] about Jean-Claude Juncker insists Brexit will go ahead whatever Remainers do
The next long-term EU budget has to be bigger, despite the loss of cash from Brexit Britain. That from the head of the European Commission at a finance conference in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker said joint polices in areas such as defence, security, migration and agriculture will be money-hungry. “Our British friends will be leaving us on the 30th of March 2019 so between now and then we need to do our utmost to find the means of reacting to the loss of a significant number of billions of euros, when a net contributor goes,” he said. The EU’s budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said the gap from Brexit would be 12 to 13 billion euros per year. Yes, policies can be reviewed and modernised says Juncker, but there won’t be enough cash from the current one percent of EU GDP.. “The goal, if we want to increase the EU’s budget, is not to increase the overall European public expenditure, it is to show that there is, by sharing some sovereignty, and thus … [Read more...] about EU chief calls for bigger budget despite Brexit loss
Brexit campaigner, and former UKIP leader, Nigel Farage has been talking trade and immigration with EU chief negotiatior Michel Barnier in Brussels. He came to the de-facto European capital, he said, to deliver the word of more than 17 million leave voters. “Whatever the government has done here, in the Brexit negotiations, I’ve not heard a dickie bird about immigration, anything about border controls,” he said, as he arrived for the meeting. “It would appear that the most optimistic estimate is that it will be at least six years from voting to leave that we do anything about the open door that we have to the rest of the European Union.” Farage came to Brussels armed with questions he got on social media. But the response was mixed, with some highly critical of him – and how much weight in holds in the EU. The European Commission hasn’t said much about the meeting, but stressed the door was open. “Michel Barnier has, as president … [Read more...] about Brexit: Farage meets EU negotiator to talk trade and immigration
SINCE 2016 the Prime Minister has insisted that “no deal is better than a bad deal”. The latest information is that considerable progress has been made and that trade talks will commence shortly. We have not been informed of the detailed agreements to achieve this position but, given the recalcitrance of the EU team to date, it is fair to assume that concessions have been made by David Davis and others that might not be to our liking and we are left to interpret what the future will be based on recent pronouncements. It seems that we will on April 1, 2019 be outside the EU and a rationalising period of two years thereafter will elapse before we are totally “free”. During the next three years, therefore, we will be subject to all obligations of a member of the EU but with no representation in the corridors of power. All of those onerous obligations to which we have been subject and which in part determined the “out” vote will have by the end of … [Read more...] about Letters: Where is the evidence that all will be well after Brexit?