EUROPEAN Parliamentary president Martin Schulz has warned of significant repercussions should Britain quit the EU on June 23.
In an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the politician said that many people’s trust in “entire institutions, whether national or European,” has been lost, and that in terms of solving Europe’s problems such as the Eurozone debt disaster, migration crisis and threat of terrorism, they now view Brussels as an obstacle.
Amid rising euroscepticism across Europe, Mr Schulz admitted: “The EU has been created as a tool for solving problems, but many people have the impression that it is rather part of the problem because of the solution.”
“If the British leave the EU, there will be demands for further escape referendums,” he said, before going on to suggest that there is a risk of an “implosion of the EU” which could be driven by Eurosceptics.
Although the latter group remain in the minority, Schulz fears that the silent majority are swayed by the belief that everything will be alright in the end.
“In Europe, we are on a slippery path,” the president continued, accusing EU leaders of showing too little commitment to the European idea.
“Hardly any of the governments are really fighting to reach the hearts of men,” he added, urging them to oppose the “easy answers” of EU skeptics with an explicit commitment to the union.
The president’s comments come less than a week after Dutch voters rejected a controversial plan to include the Ukraine in the EU.