EU chiefs hail ‘new dawn for Europe’ as UK quits
Brussels: The EU’s three chiefs hailed Britain’s departure from the bloc on Friday as “a new dawn for Europe”, warning London would not keep the benefits of membership when it leaves.
Charles Michel, Ursula von der Leyen and David Sassoli — the presidents of the EU Council, European Commission and European Parliament, respectively — used an open letter published in European newspapers to say they would do “everything in their power” to make the new relationship with Britain a success.
The three EU leaders made clear they would not roll over easily or allow Britain to “have its cake and eat it”, insisting Britain could not have full access to the EU market unless it agrees to follow European labour, taxation and environmental rules.
“How close that partnership will be depends on decisions that are still to be taken,” they wrote.
“Without being a member, you cannot retain the benefits of membership.”
Nothing will immediately feel different thanks to an 11-month transition period negotiated as part of an EU-UK exit deal ratified this week. – AFP

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