Brexit: UK will 'soon regret' leaving EU argues Juncker


Media captionBrexit is “a very sad and tragic moment in our history”The UK will “soon regret” leaving the EU, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said.
But, speaking in the same debate, ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage said the EU had “learnt nothing” from Brexit and was ploughing “full steam ahead”.
While he respected the choice of the British people to go their own way, he said the UK’s exit would prove a “very sad, tragic moment in our history” which we “will always regret”.
But he went on to stress that Brexit “was not everything” and an increasingly confident EU would continue to advance, focusing as he put it on the big strategic challenges rather than “the small things”.
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The EU would further centralise power after Brexit, Mr Farage said
He also warned the idea of allowing future candidates to the European Parliament to stand on transnational tickets, rather than representing nation states, was anti-democratic and “reminiscent of regimes of old”.
If you had offered David Cameron concessions, particularly on immigration, I would have to admit that the Brexit vote would never ever have happened,” he said.
Responding to Mr Juncker’s comments, justice minister Sam Gyimah said his initial reaction was “he would say that, wouldn’t he” and he had signalled a future direction for Europe that “Britain was never going to go in”.
Negotiations between the UK and EU are continuing although the latest round of talks, due to begin on Monday, have been put back a week to allow “more time for consultation”.
And France’s economy minister has sounded a warning that it will aggressively target new business as it seeks to make Paris the pre-eminent financial centre on the continent.
Changes to the country’s labour laws meant France would become the “place to be” for financial services, Benjamin Griveaux told BBC Radio 4’s Today, while acknowledging London would remain a major player.
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