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European Union President Donald Tusk

"We must recognise the democratic decision taken by Britain to leave the European Union in 2016, just as we must recognise the democratic decision made on the island of Ireland in 1998 with all its consequences", said the former Polish prime minister.

"I could not agree more".

President of the European Commission Juncker delivers a speech during the traditional St.Matthew's Day banquet (Matthiae-Mahlzeit) in the City Hall in Hamburg Thomson Reuters STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Speeches made about the future relationship between Britain and the European Union needed to be translated into treaties and agreements as soon as possible, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday.

Seemingly stung by their applause, Mr Juncker said the time would come "when you will regret your decision".

In a message to Ms May ahead of next week's European Council summit, Mr Juncker said the EU needed "more clarity on how the United Kingdom sees its future relationship".

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At the time the Prime Minister called for a "collaborative, objective framework that is reciprocal, mutually agreed and permanent", and promised "binding commitments".

Mr Juncker said the controversial Brussels legal text demanding full regulatory alignment between Northern Ireland and the European Union "should not come as a surprise" to the UK.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier that Britain was still confident it could reach agreement with the European Union on a transition period after Brexit at the European Union summit this month.

Juncker added: "I would rather have preferred for Britons not to decide to leave the European Union but anyone who leaves the EU has to know frankly what this means".

The EU has told the financial sector to prepare for a smooth or hard Brexit, even if the bloc's aim is to obtain a good trade agreement with Britain, he added.

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He said it was "especially important" that Britain comes up with concrete proposals for the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which is staying in the EU.

"The EU is bullying us", he said, before urging Theresa May "to do what Trump has done and stand strong against the European Commission, against the unelected bullies". Do you accept that, or do you then put in a guard to stop them doing that.

The UK will leave the single market and things are going to be different in the future, but the UK will not take part in a regulatory race to the bottom at the expense of workers' rights or the environment.

The European Council president was speaking in Dublin after talks with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who held out hopes for an "evolution" in the UK's position as negotiations on the future relationship get under way.

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