If the United Kingdom chooses to leave the European Union, despite the agreement reached on February 19, the European Commission has said it has “no plan B”.
British Prime Minister David Cameron secured a landmark settlement with EU leaders after more than 40 hours of talks.
As reported by The Irish Times, Cameron said he would campaign to keep the UK inside the EU because leaving would be “a leap in the dark”.
But London Mayor Boris Johnson disagrees and has announced he will back the “leave” campaign in the UK’s referendum on EU membership. The vote is slated to be held in June.
British government sources dismissed speculation that a “leave” vote could give Britain the opportunity to negotiate a better settlement, reported The Irish Times.
Meanwhile, the European Commission also confirmed it will not campaign in the Brexit referendum, noting that the decision on June 23 is a “matter for the UK government and the British people”.
In other related news, the Belfast Telegraph reported that the British head of the European Union’s police cooperation agency has warned the UK could find it harder to protect its citizens against terrorism and organised crime if it leaves the EU.
Europol director Rob Wainwright said “it would make the UK’s job harder, I think, to protect the citizens from terrorism and organised crime”.