EU has no plan ‘B’ if Britain votes to quit EU, Moscovici says

by Reuters  |  published on February 22, 2016

The European Commission has no plan “B” in place if Britain votes to leave the European Union, and the executive body will stay on the sidelines of the referendum campaign, European Union Finance Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Sunday.

Britons will vote June 23 on whether to remain a member of the EU. Asked in an interview on France 5 television whether the EU was planning what to do if they vote to leave, Moscovici said, “No, no and no, there is no plan ‘B’. It doesn’t help us in any way to envisage disaster scenarios.”

“The day we start talking about a plan `B’ is the day we no longer believe in our plan ‘A’. I have just one plan. The United Kingdom in a united Europe,” Moscovici said.

Moscovici said the EU’s executive will not take part in the referendum campaign, saying any involvement could backfire.

“For me, it is prudent not to go campaign and try to impose a choice on a sovereign people. Referendums are dangerous, especially for Europe,” he said.

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