European commission president says bloc should strike new trade deals and vows to ‘move forward once Britain leaves’

The European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, said on Wednesday that the “wind is back in Europe’s sails” as he issued a rallying call a year after the shock of the Brexit vote.

In his annual State of the Union speech, Juncker said the bloc had become more united following a series of crises and insisted economic momentum was picking up.

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