Back­lash threat­ens EU says Cameron

Daily Express - - NEWS - From Zoie O’Brien in Kiev

DAVID Cameron yes­ter­day warned EU lead­ers they were risk­ing a vot­ers’ back­lash in other mem­ber states like the one which lead to Bri­tain vot­ing for Brexit.

The for­mer Tory Prime Min­is­ter told a sum­mit in the Ukraine: “If politi­cians in the EU think pop­ulism has gone away – that is a mis­take.” He was speak­ing af­ter European Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker ear­lier this week an­nounced plans for the EU to crank up its drive to­wards European unity once the UK has left.

Mis­take

EU chiefs are un­der­stood to be­lieve that the elec­tion of cen­trist Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron in France ear­lier this year and the ex­pected re­turn of Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel to of­fice fol­low­ing elec­tions later this month sig­nal a re­vival of the EU dream.

But speak­ing at the Yalta European Strat­egy fo­rum, Mr Cameron said: “The EU is mak­ing a mis­take if they think sim­ply be­cause Macron had been elected and An­gela Merkel will be elected again these prob­lems will dis­ap­pear – they haven’t.”

Mr Cameron said the UK ref­er­en­dum re­sult was about the “growth of power of the EU”, which many cit­i­zens of the bloc dis­agreed with.

He said: “If your de­ci­sion is go­ing to be one all pow­er­ful pres­ence, an EU army, tax rates im­posed by ma­jor votes, no vari­able speeds – that is a mis­take.

“There are too many peo­ple left be­hind. The ris­ing tide did not lift all boats.”

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