EU's Juncker to unveil post-Brexit vision

After Brexit, like-minded countries could press ahead with closer cooperation on issues ranging from defence to the economy, Juncker has said.

EU's Juncker to unveil post-Brexit vision

World Bulletin / News Desk

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will on Wednesday unveil a vision for the future of the EU after Britain's departure, in which he is expected to suggest states integrate at different speeds.

Plans for a Europe of variable geometry have run into criticism from eastern European countries, especially on immigration.

Juncker's so-called White Paper will be presented to MEPs ahead of a European Union summit in Rome at the end of March where leaders will come up with their own strategy for the next decade.

"President Juncker will go to the European Parliament to present the White Paper on the future of the union" on Wednesday, after commissioners approve it on Tuesday, Juncker's spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a briefing in Brussels.

"Ahead of the Rome summit, we will give the EU leaders the chance to launch a process of reflection on the avenues and options for unity and cooperation of the 27 in the future."

Britain's shock June 2016 vote to leave the EU -- coupled with crises involving the economy and migration -- has plunged the remaining 27 member states into a deep bout of soul-searching.

They will consider Juncker's plans at a summit in Brussels next week.

Then at a special summit in Italy to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome which founded the EU, the bloc's leaders will meet without Britain and issue a special declaration with new plans for future.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Mart 2017, 10:49