17:51 GMT18 January 2021
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    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union, warning of uncertainty that a Brexit may trigger.

    ST PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — UK nationals are set to vote on June 23 in a referendum on the country's EU membership, after Prime Minister David Cameron and the leaders of the 27 EU member states agreed in February to grant the United Kingdom a special status within the bloc.

    "I think out British friends would be best advised not to do it [vote to leave the bloc], because if Britain is leaving the European Union this will open a period of major uncertainty both in Britain and in the European Union and on a more global level," Juncker said at a panel session at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

    SPIEF started at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre in St. Petersburg earlier on Thursday. The forum is taking place on June 16-18.

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