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Press point remarks by President Jean-Claude Juncker at the joint press point with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and Barack Obama, President of the United States at the EU-US Leaders’ Summit

Good morning,

I would like to express my sympathy to the President of the United States and to the people of this great nation for the tragic events which happened yesterday night in Dallas, Texas.

These events like others are proving and showing that we are living in a world which is developing increasingly to more complexity and to more uncertainty.

The threats to our security take many forms and they are not located in any one place.

Therefore, our first duty is to show unity, and re-affirm the values we share. Human rights, freedom, democracy and, the keystone on which the others rest, the rule of law. They go to the core of the Euro-Atlantic alliance. They make us who we are. They do guarantee our way of life.

The United States, NATO and the European Union are central pillars of the global order. We complement each other, and together provide peace and stability in Europe, our neighbourhood and beyond.

Our combined strength remains formidable. But still we can work more closely together, and that is why we are here today.

We were discussing in the course of this morning’s meetings the consequences entailed by the vote of the British people to leave the European Union.

I would like to repeat here what we have said in Brussels the other day that we cannot start the negotiations until the British authorities have notified under the regime of Article 50 their intention to leave the European Union. But then we have to engage in negotiations, and I am not doing this – how can I say – in a hostile mood. I do think that even after the referendum the European Union and the United Kingdom share a community of interest, not only in the defence and the military sector, but in all the relevant sectors of the international life mainly as far as trade is concerned. But if a country wants to have a free access to the internal market, it is for sure that this country has to respect the four basic freedoms including the one of free movement for workers, but we will have these negotiations with our British friends and I do think it is in our interest and in the global interest to keep Britain as a strong ally, anyway, in NATO and as a strong partner when it comes to the relations of this then third country with the European Union.

As time is running out, Barack I will stop here, not without having said that we were discussing the TTIP issue and that we want to conclude these negotiations before the end of this year mainly as far as the big blocks of these negotiations are concerned. During the last European Council I was asking leaders one after the other if “yes” or “no” the European Union should continue to negotiate – and we received once again the mandate to conclude these negotiations.

Thanks so much, also for your leadership during these last years. Thank you Barack!

Compliments of the European Commission