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Saturday 1 October 2016

European Commission president walks out of press briefing

Sean Duffy

Published 24/06/2016 | 11:52

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIERTHIERRYCHARLIER/AFP/Getty Images
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIERTHIERRYCHARLIER/AFP/Getty Images

European Commission President Jean Claude-Juncker stormed out of a press briefing this morning in response to a question from a reporter who asked him about the future of the European project.

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Mr Juncker was fielding questions after providing a statement in which he insisted “there will be no renegotiation” of EU treaties.

Juncker was asked if Britain’s vote for Brexit “was the beginning of the end for the EU.?” The President promptly left the stage to a ripple of applause from those in attendance.

The President described the British vote as “an unprecedented situation”, but insisted Europe was “bound together by history, geography and shared history.”

The statement also underlined the expectation that the UK Government take swift action to begin the process of unwinding its membership of the EU: ”We now expect the UK Government to give effect to this decision as soon as possible. Article 50 set out the procedure sets out the procedure for a Member State’s withdrawal.”

Mr Juncker added that while the EC was ready to negotiate with the UK about possible future arrangements, those negotiations would have to “be mutually beneficial”.

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