“Don’t let your democratic mandate be ridiculed or diminished, stand up for it. You are the representatives of more than 500 million people,” European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans told MEPs in a powerful speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday (6th July).
Timmermans, who is also in charge of the portfolio for Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights, stated that the decision by the British people of leaving the European Union “should be respected.” But likewise, “those who shouted here should have had more respect for the majority in this Parliament”, he added.
The vice-president also accused those who ask for the head of Jean-Claude Juncker of being “politically weak, morally questionable and intellectually lazy”.
“Europe has seen that political choices have real consequences for real people. That is not games we are playing. As politicians you have responsibilities, face up to them, don’t run away when you are scared of the consequences of your actions,” Timmermans concluded.