EU Commission president warns US president not to encourage countries to follow the UK’s lead and leave the bloc.
Speaking to the Financial Times, Juncker said the U.S. president’s enthusiasm for Brexit was “annoying” and “surprising.”
The former Luxembourg prime minister said he had delivered a warning for Trump to his vice president, Mike Pence, when he visited Brussels last month. “I told the vice president, ‘Do not say that, do not invite others to leave, because if the European Union collapses, you will have a new war in the Western Balkans,’” Juncker said.
He said it was important for countries in the Western Balkans to have the prospect of EU membership, “If we leave them alone — Bosnia Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, Macedonia, Albania, all those countries — we will have war again.”