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Germany warns Brexit could lead to the European block's disintegration

Thursday, June 16th 2016 - 06:55 UTC
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 “A vote to leave would shake the union,” German foreign minister Steinmeier said at a joint news conference in Brandenburg. “A vote to leave would shake the union,” German foreign minister Steinmeier said at a joint news conference in Brandenburg.
Leave campaigners in the UK have previously dismissed similar warnings as scaremongering.  Leave campaigners in the UK have previously dismissed similar warnings as scaremongering.

If the United Kingdom votes to leave the EU next week, the move could ultimately lead to the bloc's disintegration, Germany's foreign minister has warned. Frank-Walter Steinmeier was speaking near Berlin after talks with his French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault.

 Steinmeier warned against “a nationalism that pits one European state against another”.

Leave campaigners in the UK have previously dismissed similar warnings as scaremongering. The referendum on whether to leave or remain will be held on 23 June.

Germany is the UK's biggest trade partner in Europe.

“A vote to leave would shake the union,” Steinmeier said at a joint news conference in Brandenburg.

“It would not just carry on as 28 [members] minus one. It would require concerted efforts to ensure that the union holds together and that a decades-long, successful integration effort does not end in disintegration.”

Ayrault said the EU would keep evolving with the times.

“Europe can't be static, it must keep moving,” he said. “Today it faces contradictions, slow-downs, difficulties, anxieties and fears. We want to give Europe a new dynamism.”

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  • Skip

    If the EU is so weak that losing a member will end it.... then Brexit is the right decision.

    The scaremongering is bordering on the ridiculous.

    Jun 16th, 2016 - 07:38 am 0
  • Conqueror

    No-one will miss the EU.

    Jun 16th, 2016 - 09:14 am 0
  • The Major

    Germany is running scared of us leaving the EU and its showing. 1 million German cars are exported to the UK a year. At least 75,000 French cars of just one car make are exported to to the UK a year. They are afraid that the UK leaving will decimate their car industry, we will be able to actualy put a tariff on any UK countrys cars into the UK making it impossible for the ordinary people to buy them. They could do the same to us, however they export far more to us than we do to them. It's a win win situation for us and a lose lose situation for Germany and the rest of the Muppet countrys in the EU. Why do you think they are all trying to get us to stay in? It's not because they love us they actually hate us.

    Jun 16th, 2016 - 10:33 am 0
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