September 25, 2019
Outgoing President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has said that he regrets not interfering in Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
“We at the Commission decided not to intervene, at the request of David Cameron, and that was a big mistake,” Mr Juncker told Spanish daily El País.
This is not the first time the most senior figure in the European Union has thought it was his place to meddle in Britons’ decision to leave the EU, saying in May that then-Prime Minster Cameron was wrong telling him not to “intervene” in British affairs.
“It was a mistake [for Brussels] not to intervene and not to interfere, because we would have been the only ones to destroy the lies that were circulated round,” Mr Juncker had said.
“I was wrong to be silent at an important moment,” he added.
If the head of the EU’s executive arm appeared restrained during the time for a sovereign nation to make a decision, it was rare moment for Brussels, which is notorious for asking its Member States’ citizens to vote again if the vote was against the bloc’s interest.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 5:05 am