EU's Brexit negotiator tells Britain: "face up to the hard facts"

EU's Brexit negotiator tells Britain:

The European Council president was speaking in Dublin after talks with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who held out hopes for an "evolution" in the UK's position as negotiations on the future relationship get under way.

"The time will come when you regret your decision", the president of the European Commission said, as Nigel Farage laughed and shook his head in disbelief.

The former Ukip leader later urged Theresa May to stand up to the "EU bullies", before making the outlandish claim that Britain could seal a trade deal with Donald Trump in 48.

The withdrawal agreement in December has allowed this to progress so far, the EU Summit later this month will be very interesting to determine where we are headed next for Sterling.

He added: "For the moment, it is not unlikely that the negotiations will end up with a bad result, a bad result for the European Union but worse for the UK".

Juncker added: "I would rather have preferred for Britons not to decide to leave the European Union but anyone who leaves the EU has to know frankly what this means".

'If you decide to jettison, leave behind, the common agreements and rules, then you have to accept that things can not remain as they are'.

He said it was "especially important" that Britain comes up with concrete proposals for the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which is staying in the EU.

The 28 European Union member states been united on sanctions on Moscow since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 but six-monthly rollovers, which require unanimity, have been subject to grumbling from some countries seeking warmer relations with Russian Federation.

Jyrki Katainen also gives us the European Commission's take on other pressing issues, including moves to dump non-reusable plastics from our daily lives and clean up our oceans; and the latest steps towards merging at least some aspects of defence and the military in Europe.

One shouted at him: 'It's a British issue'.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier defended a proposal for the EU to continue to regulate trade in the North after Brexit, should no other ways emerge to avoid a hard border. May also says that where the United Kingdom continues to participate in an European Union agency it will have to respect the remit of the ECJ over that agency.

The parliament's Brexit resolution also welcomes the publication of the EU's protocol on Ireland which sets out the controversial "backstop" option for avoiding a hard border.

"A van driver travelling south for work could soon face a call from Dublin costing the same as one from Dubai - around 30 times the cost before roaming charges were abolished".

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