European Union pressing United Kingdom to speed up Brexit negotiations

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The UK will come to regret its decision to leave the European Union, the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said.

Juncker said that without a plan to avoid a hard border, the "backstop" of in effect keeping Northern Ireland in the customs union and single market had to remain.

Many saw the speech as a clarification of London's position on the future EU-Britain relationship, but Juncker's Wednesday statements indicate that speeches will not take the place of signed agreements.

Ashton Whiteley analysts say the United Kingdom government is putting forward an alternative mutual recognition strategy in an effort to retain access to the European Union subject to the condition that each side maintains regulatory levels in keeping with global standards.

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Chuka Umunna, a prominent lawmaker in the opposition Labour Party who is advocating Britain remaining part of the tariff-free single market and customs union, said Fox's remarks were nothing more than "playground speak".

A former prime minister of ex-Soviet Latvia, Dombrovskis did not elaborate.

"We need to receive specific proposals from the U.K.", Juncker told a plenary session of the Parliament in Strasbourg during a speech to MEPs in which he repeated his demand for "clarity" from the British government.

Prime Minister Theresa May fleshed out proposals for the post-Brexit relationship in a speech last week.

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He has put forward a motion to the European Parliament for an "association agreement" to deal with the future UK-EU relationship.

In the European Union, the hardest hit sectors would be automotive, agriculture and food and drinks, chemicals and plastics, consumer goods and industrials, the report said.

Barnier also made it clear that if Britain wanted to remain in some European Union agencies like those on chemicals, aviation or medicines, it would also have to recognize the authority of the EU's top court in those areas.

"It is not crystal clear how a potential exclusion process will function", European Commision Vice President Jyrki Katainen told a news conference, saying he had discussed the issue with France and Japan. "It's also why FTAs don't have detailed rules for financial services".

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In the EU's draft withdrawal agreement, published in February, the three options for avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic were: a comprehensive trade deal; a bespoke, most likely technological solution; or "full regulatory alignment" between the two territories.