Esther de Lange, head of the Dutch delegation for the EPP Group.
EU member states concentrate on reforming the EU and oppose calls by populists in the Netherlands and other countries for Brexit-style referendums, says Esther de Lange, head of the Dutch delegation for the EPP Group.
My party, EPP Party, doesn´t believe it´s a wise idea to organise referenda about these kinds of issues. That´s not a secret, we´ve never been in favour of them. But in general I think what Europe doesn´t need now is more insecurity, more question marks about where are we heading. Yes Europe might need to be reformed in certain areas. But we are in favour of a strong Europe because only united we can face the challenges that are ahead of us.
György Schöpflin, Hungarian member of the EPP Group and member of the European Parliament´s Foreign Affairs Committee
Brexit could encourage Russians to meddle in Eastern Europe: EPP Group´s Schöpflin of Hungary
A weakened Britain and EU after Brexit could lead to more Russian meddling in Eastern Europe, says György Schöpflin, Hungarian member of the EPP Group and member of the European Parliament´s Foreign Affairs Committee. He also rejects giving the UK a second chance despite the deep crisis as a result of the Brexit vote.
I wouldn´t exclude this. Give it 5, 10 percent that they´ll start probing. That´s what the Russians have been doing, it´s not frontal attacks. These are probes to find the weak spots.
I don´t think there´s been a crisis as this since 1954 in the European Union – the collapse of the European Defence Treaty. Where we go from here, well this will require a great deal of effort and energy. No nonsense about second referenda, renegotiating. Out is out, and that´s it.