Britain will soon regret voting for Brexit, but the European Union will move on, the European Commission president has insisted.
In a speech setting out the future direction of the bloc, Jean-Claude Juncker said the UK’s exit would be a “sad and tragic” moment, but it was “not the be all and end all”.
Mr Juncker evoked the Queen to describe how Brexit helped to make 2016 an “annus horribilis” for the European project.
But during the annual state of the union address, he insisted the “wind is back in Europe’s sails” and countries were knocking on Brussels’ door to do trade deals with the EU.
Setting out hopes for closer integration, Mr Juncker announced plans to increase passport-free movement around the EU, expand use of the euro and boost the number of member states.
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