Jean-Claude Juncker regrets the "lost time" to manage Brexit

Before the MEPs, the President of the European Commission has returned to the crisis that marked the end of his term.

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"I will always regret the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union," said Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission before the European Parliament in Strasbourg. FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP

The European Union has "Everything that was in (his) power " to ensure an orderly departure from the United Kingdom. This was said Tuesday, October 22, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, in a speech before the MEPs in Strasbourg, as his duties come to an end.

The European Union is still hanging on a ratification of the agreement negotiated last week between Boris Johnson and the EU. Mr Juncker recalled that the European Parliament could not ratify this new law until it passed the British Parliament. "We have to look very closely at the events in Westminster, but it is not possible, it is not conceivable that Parliament (European) ratify the agreement before Westminster has ratified it. First London, then Brussels and Strasbourg », he launched, which earned him a round of applause from MEPs.

" Waste of time "

Evoking "A waste of time and a loss of energy", the President of the Commission also confided that having spent so much of his time as President of the European Commission at Brexit the "Pained". He added :

"I will always regret the UK's decision to leave the European Union, but at least we can face each other and say that we have done everything in our power to ensure that this departure is orderly. "

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President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who is also present to take stock of the last EU summit, "Complex situation following the events of this weekend in the United Kingdom, and the British request for an extension of the procedure of Article 50 (the withdrawal procedure) ". "I consult the leaders (Twenty-seven) on how to react and decide in the next few days ", he explained.

This reaction will depend "What the British Parliament will decide, or will not decide", he continued, calling for "Be ready for all scenarios".

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