Paet: UK referendum biggest setback for Europe since World War II ({{commentsTotal}})

Urmas Paet. Source: (Siim Lõvi /ERR)

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union could lead to new crises and added a new and unpredictable factor to the issues the union was currently dealing with, MEP Urmas Paet (Reform/ALDE) said.

“The price prime minister David Cameron has paid for taking the path of least resistance in his election campaign is high,” Paet said. The first reaction of the markets was a good example for that, and the referendum’s consequences for both politics and security couldn’t yet be estimated.

He added that the 27 members of the European Union now needed to be careful not to let the result lead to a domino effect. “Regrettably, the memory of many is too short, and the fact that thanks to the EU there has been peace between its member states has been eclipsed by emotional everyday problems.”

This guarantee of peace had suffered, Paet said. “The decisions of those who voted in the referendum to leave the EU is the biggest setback for Europe since the Second World War, in any case.”

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