European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warns US President Donald Trump over Brexit support

March 30, 2017 2:20 pm

The President of
the European Commission delivers a speech during the
European People’s Party (EPP) annual conference in Malta, March 30,
2017. (Photo by AFP)

European Commission President
Jean-Claude Juncker has warned President to stop
supporting Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

Speaking
at the European People’s Party annual conference in Malta on Thursday,
Juncker said he would encourage the independence of the US states of
Texas and Ohio unless Trump stops urging  EU countries to follow the
Brexit example and leave the EU.
“The newly elected president is
delighted to see Britain leave the EU. If he carries on, I am going to
promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas.”
He added that Brexit isn’t the end and it should be a new beginning for the European integration.
Juncker
made the comments a day after UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered
Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, formally launching the process of
leaving the 28-nation bloc.
In January, Trump described the UK’s
referendum in June to withdraw from the EU as a “great thing,” arguing
that the bloc is heavily influenced by Germany.
Trump also said
Brexit signaled the British people’s desire for “their own identity” and
predicted that other EU countries would soon follow suit and leave the
bloc.
EU leaders
have been rattled by Trump’s comments on Europe, which they say is aimed
at destroying the integrity of the bloc by advocating other nations to
follow Brexit.
In late January, French President Francois urged European leaders to form a united front against Trump’s stance and remarks.
“Whenever
there are statements coming from the president of on
Europe and whenever he talks of Brexit as a model for other countries, I
believe we should respond,” Hollande said.
German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and her pro-European allies have also called for a united
Europe. “If we act together in Europe, we can do it much better than if
we do things on our own in a world that isn’t sleeping,” she said.

Tags:
shared on wplocker.com