European Commission President says Brexit talks could divide EU

Feb 13, 2017, 00:51
European Commission President says Brexit talks could divide EU

The EU chief said he feared Britain would divide the remaining 27 members by making different promises to each during negotiations.

The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he will step down when his current term ends in 2019, German media report. "You promise country A one thing, country B one thing and country C another and at the end there's no European front left", Juncker said.

Juncker also recalled in the interview the 2014 European elections, in which he was the candidate of the European Popular Party (EPP) for the presidency of the European Commission against German socialist Martin Schulz.

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Juncker said he fell back in love with the European Union because he could experience all its variety, while declaring that he will never go through another campaign again because he is never going to run again. Because the Brits will manage without big effort to divide the remaining 27 member states'. "I have serious doubts".

Mr Juncker expressed concern that London may attempt to break European Union unity in the negotiations by making separate promises to different nations during the crunch divorce talks.

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To add to all of that, the Netherlands, France and Germany are holding general elections this year, in which populist anti-EU parties are expected to make strong showings.

"While we're negotiating with the British, we have to agree on the definitive visions for this continent if we want to avoid an apocalyptic mood", Juncker said.

Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman dismissed Mr Juncker's comments.

"From a United Kingdom perspective, I am pleased to see his nervousness".

"While now what I am doing for many hours a day is to deal with the planning of an exit of a member state".

Eurosceptic Bill Cash, the Conservative MP for Stone, added: 'It is a thoroughly good idea that he doesn't stand again.