The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, today (Tuesday) called upon the British government to clarify its position as quickly as possible. This follows the victory of the proponents of Britain’s exit from the European Union during the referendum last Thursday (23rd June).
”We cannot simply sink into a prolonged climate of uncertainty. (…) The British people have spoken, and there must now be consequences,” he drummed out during the European Parliament’s extraordinary plenary session in Brussels.
Mr Juncker emphasized that he respected British democracy, although he regretted the choice made by the majority of voters. “We must be sensible, but I am indeed sad and I cannot hide it. This sadness is not born of sentimentalism, but rather my deep conviction,” he said.
“We need to reassure Europeans and those watching us from afar,” he added, having pointed out that Europe would continue its journey into the future.
The European Parliament should have adopted a non-binding resolution by midday. The purpose of this is to attempt to order the UK to “immediately” start the procedure to leave the EU.
Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)