Brexit not the end of European Union: Jean-Claude Juncker


He argued that the lack of a "permanent structure" results in money being wasted on missions and that countries should pool their resources to save billions of euros. It will be up to national governments to ensure people with low incomes or special needs can access such services, perhaps by offering vouchers to cover the cost or by requiring carriers to provide special tariff options. "And we have to invest in that connectivity now".

"With so many rifts now in place in the European Union, endorsing a political initiative that aims to reinforce the EU's federalism is probably not a useful idea", according to him.

Asked why he believed British voters chose to back Brexit, Juncker said: "This is a simple and easy question, asking for thousands of answers".

Juncker also talked more broadly about the wider ideals of the European Union - of peace and stability - even going so far as talking about his father, a war veteran who died last month. The EU also intends to improve access to high-speed internet and make it easier for scientists to access academic literature.

At the same time, Juncker stated that the planned European Union military force should complement North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, stressing that lack of military cooperation is costing the European Union countries hefty sums.

A European Defence Fund would stimulate military research and development, he said. You give him some free internets.

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In a statement prior to the Bratislava meeting, Tusk wrote, "Today many people, not only in the United Kingdom, think that being part of the European Union stands in the way of stability and security".

He said it was not surprising a majority were in favour of quitting the European Union after being told repeatedly the Brussels-based organisation was "stupid".

Andrus Ansip, vice-president for the digital single market (pictured), said: "Europeans want cross-border access to our rich and diverse culture".

Leaders must also compensate for Britain's departure from the bloc.

But the reform plans have attracted the fury of filmmakers and start-up investors who see it as a threat to European innovation and a wrong-headed favour to powerful media groups.