‘Out Is Out,’ EU’s Juncker Tells U.K. Voters on Day Before Vote

  • European Commission president warns of no further negotiations
  • David Cameron got ‘the maximum he could,’ Juncker says

Jean-Claude Juncker said Britain’s referendum result will be final and there can be no negotiation on the U.K.’s continued European Union membership should the country vote to leave.

“Out is out,” European Commission President Juncker told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday. “British policy makers and British voters have to know that there will be no kind of renegotiation.”

The remarks encapsulate months of warnings by top EU officials aimed at countering any impression in the U.K. that a vote to leave could be a negotiating tactic for the nation to stay in the bloc with more favorable conditions.

Concessions to the U.K. won’t go beyond what Prime Minister David Cameron obtained from EU leaders at a summit in February, which included tougher restrictions on EU workers claiming welfare benefits and safeguards in financial legislation, Juncker said.

“We have concluded a deal with the prime minister,” he said. “He got the maximum he could receive, and we gave the maximum we could give.”

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