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Juncker regrets EU silence on Brexit campaign 'lies'

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on May 7, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday said one of his biggest mistakes in office was failing to get involved in the Brexit referendum campaign and counter what he says were the lies spread.

Juncker told reporters that he stayed out of the 2016 referendum vote at the request of former UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, and that his mistake had been "to listen too carefully" to the premier.

He 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 around."

Juncker, whose term of office runs out at the end of October, added: "I was wrong to be silent at an important moment."

During the press conference in Brussels, Juncker also urged people to carefully weigh their votes in the upcoming EU elections as polls show that populist and nationalist parties could gain ground.

He said that voters should ask themselves "if everyone would vote for extremists, what would be the European landscape of the next coming years?"

The upcoming European Parliament election will be held between 23-26 May.

(Source: AP)

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