State of the Union 2018: The Hour of European Sovereignty

Brexit'chaos in Britain will save the EU by deterring other countries from leaving the bloc senior MEP Guy Verhofstadt taunted today

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will say on Wednesday that Britain should not expect EU negotiators to soften demands as they try to conclude a Brexit divorce treaty but he will reaffirm an offer of a close future partnership, a senior EU official said.

The European Union (EU) should flex its potential strength as a world power as the United States under President Donald Trump pulls back from worldwide engagement, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday.

Juncker used his annual speech to the European Parliament to call for the bloc to stand up for the global order in the face of "trade and currency wars", in a swipe at US President Donald Trump's "America First" approach.

This will be the case should a forthcoming European Commission proposal be accepted by Parliament and Council, according to Sean Kelly.

Juncker's showpiece speech is his last before the May elections that will pit Europe's rising populist movements against his centrist supporters, and he issued a rallying cry to maintain a "continent of tolerance and openness". Each service provider will have a designated point of contact to facilitate communication with the member states.

"We welcome the European Commission's step forward in the fight against extremist content online but, unfortunately, it falls short of instilling a clear solution to the growing problem of illegal content online".

Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, he made a pitch for the EU to "punch above its weight, not below".

"The time has now come for us to use the lost treasure of the Lisbon Treaty and decide on certain matters by qualified majority", Juncker said.

"The United Kingdom will never be an ordinary third country for us".

Express.co.uk has contacted the European Commission for comment. "To love your nation is to love Europe", Juncker said. "It will not be the commission that will stand in the way of this". "Article 7 must be applied whenever the rule of law is threatened", he said. "The EU is a community of law and respecting the rule of law and abiding by court decisions is not an option".

The number of legal obligations that promote transparency will increase trust among European citizens, particularly internet users.

And at the next time when the clocks would normally change again - on October 27, 2019 - member states would decide whether they want to change the clocks. "We need more solidarity, and solidarity must be lasting and organised". He also proposed to reinforce Europe's external borders by investing in the European Border and Coast Guard, adding ten thousand new border guards by 2020.

"It would create up to 10 million jobs in Africa in five years".

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