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David Cameron's "unacceptable behaviour" to blame over referendum defeat, Oettinger tells Euronews

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Blame for the failure to convince British voters to remain in the European Union lies at the door of David Cameron, European Commissioner Günther Oettinger told Euronews.

The Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society told Euronews that the decision by the Prime Minister to “order” the Commission to stay “out of the game” was a mistake.

Asked whether Cameron was to blame, Oettinger responded: “ I think so, yes. What he did is not acceptable.”

The Commissioner insisted that Scotland and Northern Ireland, which both voted overwhelmingly for ‘remain’, could only rejoin the European Union as independent nations. He predicted that Scotland would “probably” split from the rest of the United Kingdom.

Speaking in an interview at Euronews’ headquarters in Lyon, he urged voters in Austria, France, Italy and the Netherlands not to heed the calls of populist politicians to follow the UK’s lead.

The split should be conducted as quickly as possible to end the uncertainty for businesses and consumers, he said.

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