EU Fee President Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU “failed” by not getting concerned within the UK’s 2016 referendum, gained by the pro-Brexit camp.
“Right here we failed, as a result of we did not undertake the place that was crucial. Abstention will not be a place,” he informed the German public broadcaster ARD.
When requested if the EU ought to have “interfered” extra within the UK referendum on EU membership he mentioned “sure”.
He additionally doubted that anybody might do higher than Theresa Could on Brexit.
Mrs Could’s withdrawal settlement – reached with the EU in November after arduous negotiations – has been rejected thrice by Westminster MPs.
Talking earlier than Prime Minister Could introduced her plan to resign subsequent month, Mr Juncker requested: “How might anyone else obtain what she could not?”
“In the event you inform folks for 40 or 45 years ‘we’re in it, however not likely in it’, we’re part-time Europeans and we do not like these full-time Europeans, then you definitely shouldn’t be stunned if folks observe easy slogans as soon as they’re requested to vote in a referendum.”
The UK’s earlier prime minister, David Cameron, clashed with Mr Juncker over the EU finances and different points earlier than arguing – unsuccessfully – to remain within the EU within the 2016 referendum.
EU institutional shake-up
Mr Juncker can be changed by a brand new Fee chief – not but chosen – in November. New leaders can be chosen for all of the EU establishments after the 23-26 Could European elections.
He belongs to the centre-right European Folks’s Get together, the bloc which gained the final European elections in 2014.
He voiced hope that the UK would go away the EU by 31 October – the brand new deadline set by EU leaders. The UK didn’t meet the deliberate 29 March deadline as exit phrases had not been ratified.
Mr Juncker denied that the UK Brexit vote was a private defeat for him.
“No one listens to me in Britain anyway. They need to, however they do not. There was no person in Britain who confronted the lie with the incontrovertible reality,” he mentioned.
The present stalemate over Brexit prompted Mrs Could to announce on Friday that she would resign as Conservative Get together chief on 7 June, paving the way in which for a brand new prime minister to take over.