English is losing importance in Europe — EU's Juncker

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Theresa May delivering her statement outside No 10 Downing Street
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13 May, 2017

"And they should admire Europe because Europe has been able to overcome decades, centuries of bloodshed and the Europeans were able to come up with a peace, a common peace".

"No one should be confronted with a mountain of red tape", Barnier said, two days after the European Commission circulated a draft of negotiating directives he will follow in Brexit talks that are expected to begin in June.

Speaking to press on the steps of Downing Street, Mrs.

While local issues are usually the main influence in such polls, May's decision last month to call an early general election ensured her own record and Brexit would be on voters' minds.

Barnier dismissed suggestions from London that the Brexit talks should be kept secret.

Juncker and other European Union officials have been engaged in a war of words with British leaders this week before Brexit negotiations.

He was at the Downing Street dinner, as was his chief of staff, Martin Selmayr.

Pressed on whether Mrs May was right to claim that European Union figures were using "threats" to influence the election, Mr Schinas said: "I said that we are not naive and we know that it is time that elections happen".

She sought to put Mr Juncker right by pointing to the importance of English as the global language of business.

"Slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe", Juncker said in English, before switching to French and adding: "France has an election and I want to be understood". "We have too much to do on our plate", he said.

"It will not discuss our future relationship with the United Kingdom until 27 member states are reassured that all citizens will be treated properly and humanely".

She says she wants to strengthen her mandate as she heads into the Brexit negotiations.

His reasoning: the English language isn't what it used to be. None yet have any guarantees on their future.

Michel Barnier said Wednesday that "time is short, very short". Will he keep his right to United Kingdom unemployment benefit for a few months even if he goes back to Poland to look for a job?

Another was of a self-employed photographer from Manchester who lives in Malaga and goes bankrupt.

"Will she still have access to the same healthcare - under the same conditions - as Spanish nationals?"

"Britain will in future be less closely connected than until now, including in the economic domain", she said, adding that it would be important nonetheless to have good ties with Britain on economic, security and defence policy.

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She said: "During the Conservative Party leadership campaign I was described by one of my colleagues as a bloody hard woman". And sincerely, I never regretted that vote. You have to turn a page before you start writing the next one.


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