The State of the Union II

RED BOX | COMMENTSeptember 13 2017 12:01am The Times Opposition parties must unite to hold Westminster to account Stephen Gethins

RED BOX | COMMENTSeptember 13 2017 12:01am The Times Opposition parties must unite to hold Westminster to account Stephen Gethins

It was high time for Romania and Bulgaria to be brought into the EU's border-free Schengen zone and Croatia should join when it was ready.

"Journalists belong in newsrooms not in prisons They belong where freedom of expression reigns", Juncker stressed.

"We will not miss any opportunity to step in".

The chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Howard Davies said that U.K.in it most vulnerable position and it will need to "change gear" on the amount of money it's going to pay. But we will keep moving.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday said he would seek powers to screen foreign takeovers in Europe's strategic sectors, amid concern about investment by China.

"Nonetheless we have to respect the will of the British people.

This excludes Turkey's membership in the foreseeable future", Junker said, addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Eventually, many feared chaotic Brexit in case they do not vote as Britain would not have laws to push the process. "And I suggest we prepare very well for that date", he said, calling for a summit in Romania that day.

David Dingle, chairman of Maritime UK, which promotes Britain's shipping, ports, marine and business services industries, said the sector could thrive if the country got trade negotiations "right" after it leaves the European Union.

Juncker also said he wanted to expand the use of the euro - a call that might dismay north European nations anxious about the potential internal strains of bringing Romania and Bulgaria into the single currency.

But even though all non-euro zone countries of the European Union except Denmark are legally obliged to join the euro when they meet a set of criteria, some of the biggest, like Sweden and Poland, have no plans to do so in the foreseeable future, believing their own currency gives their economies more flexibility.

In the wake of the financial crisis, Juncker and his commissioners in charge of the issues have called several times for achieving the economic and monetary union and to top it off with a real banking union.

It makes clear the United Kingdom will seek to use our assets, capabilities and influence to combat the shared challenges facing the continent -- including illegal migration, terrorism, cyber and state-based threats and amounts to a security partnership "that is deeper than any other third country and that reflects our shared interest".

Juncker nevertheless lashed out at European Union countries that breach the "rule of law" - a swipe at Poland and Hungary which have been at odds with Brussels over democratic standards.

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