According to Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Northern Ireland would suffer the worst from a British exit from the EU. The British exit has become a threat. According to Kenny, Northern Ireland’s peace process was linked to the Irish Republic’s joint membership of the EU along with the UK.
Ireland expected the European Commission to drive UK to bargain and remain in talks to have it stay in the EU. However, Eurosceptics in the UK, France and London are leaning in favour of an exit.
According to Polish Deputy Prime Minister Leszek Balcerowicz, the EU must not be too generous to the UK but it must also focus on deterring other exits.
Former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said Italy would support the EU as the EU moves its finance centre away from London should the UK leave. Many EU leaders are seeing that Britain’s exit can mean a new EU financial hub “can be a blessing” to the bloc.
London will not remain as Europe’s finance centre, which would mean chaos for the UK economy upon exiting.
According to Former EC Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht:
“How can you expect that after you leaving the European economy … that economy would accept that its financial centre is outside its borders.”