EU should have spoken out against ‘lies’ in Brexit vote – Juncker

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FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker holds a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters ahead of an informal meeting of EU leaders, Brussels, Belgium, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union was wrong to stay silent in 2016 during the campaign ahead of the British referendum on membership in the bloc because it should have corrected “lies” spread by the “Leave” side, the head of the European Commission said.

“It was a mistake not to intervene and not to interfere because we would have been the only ones to destroy the lies which were circulated,” Jean-Claude Juncker told a news conference in Brussels on Tuesday.

“I was wrong to be silent at an important moment,” he said, adding that the blocs top institutions were following the advice of Britains former prime minister David Cameron, who warned meddling in the UKs internal affairs.

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