Pascal Lamy on Brexit vote: ‘bad day for Europe’, time to forge closer EU union”

By: | Published: June 24, 2016 12:13 PM

Pascal Lamy, former chief of staff to Jacques Delors when Delors spearheaded the European Union's move towards deeper political and monetary union...

"This is a bad day for the European dream," said Lamy. (Reuters)“This is a bad day for the European dream,” said Lamy. (Reuters)

Pascal Lamy, former chief of staff to Jacques Delors when Delors spearheaded the European Union’s move towards deeper political and monetary union in the 1980s and early ’90s, said on Friday the rest of the EU should move towards closer union after Britain’s vote in favour of leaving the bloc.

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“This is a bad day for the European dream,” said Lamy, who was a European trade commissioner and head of the World Trade Organisation after the critical period when he was chief of staff to former European Commission president Delors.

“What will have to happen now is a deepening of economic and monetary union,” Frenchman Lamy told RTL radio. “That’s the direction we will need to take in 2018, 2019,” he said.

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