British exit from EU – the so-called Brexit – could lead to the destruction of not only the EU but also of the entire political civilization of the West, said in an interview with German newspaper Bild, the head of the European Council Donald Tusk.
“Why is it [Brexit] so dangerous? Because nobody can predict the long-term consequences. As a historian I fear that the proposed referendum on the UK remaining in the EU could be the beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but also of the entire political civilization of the West,” he said.
Tusk stated that “a British exit from the EU will encourage all anti-European forces in the EU member States”. “The day Brexit our external enemies will drink champagne,” he said.
In addition, the head of the European Council said that if the inhabitants of Britain in a referendum vote for the country’s withdrawal from the EU, the procedure will take at least seven years. According to him, must first be a process of negotiations between London and other countries outside the Union, which will take about two years. They will need to address the issues of border regime and tariffs on British goods in the countries of the European Union. However, even if these negotiations will be completed in two years, ratification of the new status of the UK may take much more time.
“Each of the 27 member countries of the EU and the European Parliament will have to agree on a common solution. It will take at least five years, and I’m afraid there is no guarantee that this process will be successful,” — said Tusk.
A referendum on Brexit will be held on June 23. According to the latest YouGov poll for the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union support 43% of Britons, against this move of 42%.