State of the Union 2018: The Hour of European Sovereignty

File European Union President Jean Claude Juncker has warned that Britain won't be able to select what parts of the European market they wish to interact with

But there is no applause when EU law dictates that Europeans have to change the clocks twice a year.

Juncker said in his state of the union speech to the European Parliament: 'The European Commission is today proposing to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard to better protect our external borders with an additional 10,000 European border guards by 2020'.

During Jean-Claude Juncker's annual state of the union address he said that sections of the single market could "certainly not" be offered to countries outside the EU trading area.

"You said we should play as a team with common policies, yet voters see an attempt to push divisive migration policies that have sadly reduced sympathy for refugees feeling war and persecution, rather than asking countries what they can do to help".

Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, he made a pitch for the EU to "punch above its weight, not below". "United Kingdom will always be a very close neighbour and partner".

He said he respected Britain's choice to leave, but undermined a key part of Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to quit the bloc, warning London it can not expect to selectively remain in parts of the single market.

"This is why we want to find solutions that prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland".

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Mr Juncker said the European Union and its member states "will always show loyalty and solidarity with Ireland when it comes to the Irish border".

And he dismissed suggestions that European Union leaders might rejig their instructions for chief negotiator Michel Barnier when they meet May in Austria next week as both sides try to conclude a treaty that can be ratified by the two parliaments well ahead of March 29 when Britain is due to leave the European Union, deal or no deal.

"Too many of our journalists are intimidated, attacked or even murdered...we can not have democracy without free press", Juncker said. We continue to be very concerned by the developments in some of our Member States.

But he paved the way for chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to secure a deal with the British government, ensuring that the EU Commission will not "stand in the way". To love your nation, is to love Europe. The Telegraph cites Silicon Valley experts who say the tech giants could face an "astronomical bill" to comply with the law.

"Judgements from the Court of Justice must be respected and implemented".

Juncker also expressed frustration with the EC's policy of allowing a single member state's dissenting vote to block European Union policy, and called for qualified majority voting in specific areas.

The regional office of the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), representing Google, Facebook, and others, warned the proposal would "disproportionately burden smaller European firms".

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