The outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he regrets respecting David Cameron’s wishes by staying out of the Brexit debate. In hindsight Mr Juncker said “it would have been wise” to point out the lies in the campaign - and by not doing so the EU failed to do their duty. Mr Juncker, who will step down as Commission President this Autumn, told Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun: “David Cameron, the then British prime minister, did not want to have us interfering in the referendum campaign.
“I agreed that we should not interfere but that was a major mistake.
“Because of all the lies which have been told to people during this referendum campaign, it would have been wise to have one institution to say ‘this is a lie.’
“We did not do that, and we were failing to do our duties.”
The EU chief continued to talk Brexit and warned the EU will not renegotiate Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement, despite Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson’s intentions