He declined to accept any “personal responsibility” for the Brexit vote, although EU leaders have been blamed for failing to offer David Cameron enough concessions in his prereferendum talks.
No individual could be held responsible for a vote which came after 45 years of British uneasiness about Europe, he said. But his comments angered Brexit backers. Richard Tice, chairman of Leave Means Leave, said: “Martin Schultz confirmed today that he neither understands nor believes in democracy. The EU is yesterday’s story.”