No a la carte access, EC head warns Britain

European Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker arrives to make his State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on Sept 14, 2016.
European Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker arrives to make his State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on Sept 14, 2016. PHOTO: ST FILE

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned London again that it cannot have access to Europe's single market if it bars some EU citizens from working in Britain after Brexit.

"There can be no a la carte access to the single market," he told the European Parliament yesterday in his annual State of the Union address. His warning came as he unveiled a raft of proposals to revive crumbling trust in the EU after the Brexit vote, from job creation to tightening borders.

He also urged setting up an EU military headquarters to coordinate the creation of a common military force. Britain had opposed any move towards an EU army.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2016, with the headline 'No a la carte access, EC head warns Britain'. Print Edition | Subscribe