‘No sequel’ to Brexit, Tusk says
8 July 2016. By Lewis Crofts.
The UK’s decision to leave the EU is “just an incident and not the beginning of a process,” European Council President Donald Tusk said today, countering suggestions that other countries could turn their back on the trading bloc.
Speaking at a NATO summit in Warsaw, Tusk said the UK’s referendum choice was “sad and meaningful” but it was important to “send a strong message” that it would not trigger other departures.
“To all our opponents, on the inside and out, who are hoping for a sequel to Brexit, you won’t see on the screen the words ‘To Be Continued,’” Tusk said.
Euroskeptical parties in other EU states have suggested that the UK’s decision to leave the bloc will pave the way for similar referendums across the union.
Speaking at the same press event, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, reaffirmed his stance that there would be no negotiations with UK officials until the country gave formal notice of starting exit talks.
“We will have these negotiations with our British friends,” Juncker said.
“It is in our interest and the global interest to keep Britain as a strong ally in NATO and as a strong partner when it comes to relations as a third country with the EU,” he said.