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Jean-Claude Juncker: Brexit would cause manifold problems

Published 12/05/2016

Jean-Claude Juncker attends a panel discussion about the future of Europe at the Europe Forum event in Berlin (AP)
Jean-Claude Juncker attends a panel discussion about the future of Europe at the Europe Forum event in Berlin (AP)

Britons need to be aware that a decision to leave the European Union in next month's referendum would cause "manifold problems", European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has warned.

Britain will vote on June 23 on whether to remain in the 28-nation EU.

Mr Juncker said in Berlin that Britons are not being told about the "full extent" of the problems an exit would cause.

He said that if Britain leaves, the EU will not change course but "everything would have to be rearranged".

Mr Juncker added: "The idea that, the day after the British referendum with a negative result, everything would carry on as it has so far is totally wrong.

"Those who leave the table can no longer eat at this table."

Meanwhile, German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said that Britain will not get an improved membership deal with the EU if it votes for Brexit.

He said he wanted to end any speculation that a Leave vote could be used to improve on a deal won by Prime Minister David Cameron to change Britain's membership terms.

Mr Schaeuble said that "this is the only deal on the table. An 'out' vote cannot be used to get a better deal. 'In' means 'in' and 'out' means 'out'."

He said the decision was for the British people alone to make, and that "we will respect any decision that is reached".

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