No compromise on Free Movement, Junckers warns UK

Speaking at the beginning of an EU 27 summit in Bratislava, EU President Jean-Claude Juncker sounded a warning to the UK saying that there could be no Free Trade Agreement without Free Movement of People.

He said, “There is a clear interlink as we made clear at the very beginning between the access to the internal market and the basic principles of the internal market – namely the free movement of workers and we are sticking to that position.

“This is not a game between prime ministers leaving and prime ministers remaining, this is about people in Europe.

“So I cannot see any possibility of compromising on that very issue.

“We want to have very good, very close relation with the UK. At the same time, it is not possible for these negotiations to damage our interests.”