I wanted to bring the European integration to a point of no return
He said: “I wanted – without being euro-enthusiastic or euro-fanatic, these are not really helpful behaviours – I wanted to bring the European integration to a point of no return.
“I wanted to play – how could I say – a constructive role.”
He described Brexit as a “deconstruction” of part of the European project and said the prospect of any country wanting to leave the EU was “not the perspective I had when I was becoming President of the European Commission”.
But he insisted: “Nevertheless, we have to explain to the outside world – if not to ourselves – that the leaving of Britain does not mean the end of the European integration and of the European dream and of the European project, that there are different issues where we can realise further progress despite the perspective of the leave of Britain.
“If we are considering the Brexit case as the beginning of the end, we would make a major mistake, and whenever in Europe major mistakes are made, things are turning in the wrong direction.”
Mon, January 9, 2017
Jean-Claude Juncker is a Luxembourgish politician. Since 2014, Juncker has been President of the European Commission, which is the European Union Executive Branch.
Instead, Mr Juncker insisted, an upcoming summit in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the EU will present a chance to “bring together the best energies of the European nations” in response to Brexit.
European leaders will next meet at a summit in Valetta on February 3, where they are expected to come together to discuss the future of the EU project without Britain.
Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat insisted that they will “stick to the fundamentals” rather than seeking major changes to the bloc, adding that: “In the European values that have united us for 60 years, we can find the solutions to the genuine questions that our people are asking.