Former French Prime Minister, Alain Juppe has said that the EU must change, now that Britain has voted to leave. Juppe, who is from the center-right, said that the union cannot continue as it has done and changes must be made.
"We can't go on like before we need to write a new chapter for Europe," Juppe said in a recent interview.
French left-wing leader Melenchon & Conservative presidential frontrunner Juppé say Brexit is a wake up call for the EU to seriously change.— Tom Chapman (@tomchapman16) June 24, 2016
Juppe has called the referendum in Britain a historic shock for the country and for the EU. But he added that the union must now address, urgently, immigration along its borders and try to regain confidence among the member states
"I think it would be the biggest error to let people believe that as 27 (remaining countries) we can continue as before… We need a new page, a new chapter in the history of Europebecause the messages are coming from everywhere, not just Great Britain," Juppe said.
Recognizing the dissatisfaction within Europe, the former Prime Minister sees the disappointment and believes that this attitude is understandable.
"It seems like an incomprehensible bureaucratic machine incapable of getting growth and jobs going, incapable of controlling its borders."
However, by how much the EU can change remains to be seen. European Council president Donald Tusk will convene the first EU summit without Britain next week to discuss the impact of the Brexit vote. Tusk said the EU would survive of Britain leaves, but the price will be high.
In addition to this, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that she will meet with Italy and France on Monday, 27 June 2016, to discuss the situation now that Britain has decided to exit the EU.
What happens next nobody knows, but one thing is certain, things will never be the same again.