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Jean Claude Juncker: UK will regret voting for Brexit

The president of the European Commission says Britain will be left to rue leaving EU.

Jean-Claude Juncker has given his views.
Jean-Claude Juncker has given his views. PA

The president of the European Commission says Britain will be left to rue voting for Brexit.

Jean-Claude Juncker believes the UK's exit from the European Union will be "sad and tragic" but "not the be all and end all".

Mr Juncker used his annual state of the union address to explain that a number of countries were keen to do trade deals with the EU.

Britain is set to leave the EU in 2019.
Britain is set to leave the EU in 2019. PA

"This will be a very sad and tragic moment in our history. We will always regret this, and I think that you will regret it as well, soon.

"Nonetheless we have to respect the will of the British people. But we are going to make progress. We will move on because Brexit isn't everything, it's not the future of everything, it's not the be all and end all."

In the hour-long speech, Mr Juncker also talked about the quality of fish fingers and plans to create a super-presidency role, with Brexit being given to limited time.

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