One of the EU’s most senior politicians has said he hopes Britain will one day rejoin the Union after Brexit.
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday he wanted to be “in the same boat” as Britain, and declared his optimsim that the country would one day “re-enter the boat”.
Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, he said: “I don’t like Brexit because I would like to be in the same boat as the British.
“The day will come when the British will re-enter the boat, I hope.
“But Brexit is not the end of the European Union, nor the end of all our developments, nor the end of our continental ambitions.”
Theresa May is also in Brussels for a summit with other EU countries’ leaders.
She spoke there last night to answer questions on the National Insurance contributions hike for self-employed workers, a policy that appeared to unravel less than 24 hours after it was announced in the Spring Budget.