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The EU's existence is not threatened by Brexit, says Juncker

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The EU's existence is not threatened by Brexit, says Juncker

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The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sought to rally the EU, shaken by Britain’s decision to exit the bloc, in his annual policy address.

Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg he told MEPs that he regretted Brexit but that the EU’s existence is ‘not at risk. But in a rallying call he said, “The European Union doesn’t have enough union.”

He also issued a warning to the UK, saying it couldn’t have an “a la carte” access, signalling that single market access is dependent on free movement of people.

Commenting on EU integration he said: “We are not the United States of Europe” but added that they needed to counter the rise of populism in Europe saying “populism creates problems”.

On refugees he called for solidarity, saying “it must come from the heart, it must not be forced”.

Watch the full speech here.

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