European Union will work day and night to achieve Brexit deal, says Juncker

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Speaking at his State of the Union Address, Juncker said that the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs aims at boosting investment in Africa, strengthening trade, creating jobs and investing in education.

Mr Juncker said Africa was Europe's twin - a supportive nod to this continent's attempts to build its own version of the European Union.

The commission believes that the legislation will come into statute across the European Union in 2019 during the UK's 21-month transition period after Brexit, meaning it will become part of British law.

Entering the last 12 months of his time in office, Juncker could be considered as looking to establish his legacy as European Commission President.

The EU Commission President also struck a tough line on the issue of the Irish border, the major obstacle to finalising the UK's exit treaty.

"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".

"You said our vote to leave was a vote to leave the single market and its associated parts - I agree with you", said Farage.

"While we have made progress on removing terrorist content online through voluntary efforts, it has not been enough", EU Security Commissioner Julian King said in a statement.

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Results of the European Commission's public consultation on the bi-annual clock change showed that 84% of EU citizens want to stop changing the clock.

Juncker said he hoped that a free trade deal could nonetheless be agreed upon with the United Kingdom, which he said would always remain a very close neighbour and partner in political, economic and security terms.

The EU's executive arm said that in January alone, almost 7,000 items of propaganda were disseminated online from the Islamic State group, even as it has been driven out of most of its strongholds in Iraq and Syria. "It will not be the commission that will stand in the way of this". "The EU is a community of law and respecting the rule of law and abiding by court decisions is not an option". To love Europe is to love its nations.

He also wants to "strengthen the global role of the euro": "aberrant", according to him, to pay european airplanes in dollars, or pay in the american currency more than 80% of its energy imports, while only 2% come from the Usa. "We need more solidarity, and solidarity must be lasting and organised".

"Terrorists do not recognise borders", Juncker said.

Africa does not need charity, it needs true and fair partnership.

The proposal could help create up to 10 million jobs in Africa in the next five years alone, Mr Juncker said (see earlier post).

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