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The Latest: EU officials call UK 'leave' leaders cowards

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 05 Jul 2016

LONDON (AP) ' The Latest on Britain's vote to leave the European Union (all times local):10:05 a.m.Austria's finance minister says he think Britain will not leave the European Union, pointing to the impact of business and market reaction to last month's referendum vote.Hans Joerg Schelling was quoted Tuesday as telling German daily Handelsblatt that "Britain will remain a member in the future too." He noted the government's unhurriedness in formally triggering the exit process and also said that "the reaction by companies and the financial market is a salutary shock for the country."Schelling added that there could be a "partial Brexit," involving England leaving the EU while Scotland and Northern Ireland ' which voted to remain ' would stay.All candidates to lead Britain's Conservative Party and head the next government have said that the country will leave the EU.___9.50 a.m.Former London Mayor Boris Johnson has thrown his support behind Andrea Leadsom in the race to be Britain's next prime minister amid the tumultuous aftermath of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.The Conservatives are holding their first round of voting Tuesday to whittle down the field in race to replace Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced his intention to resign after losing the vote.Johnson, one of the most prominent figures in the 'leave' campaign, says Leadsom has the " zap, drive and determination" to lead the country.___9:40 a.m.Top European Union officials have launched a tirade against leaders of the campaign to get Britain out of the EU, saying they devastated the country and then resigned like cowards.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told EU lawmakers Tuesday that "the Brexit heroes of yesterday are the sad Brexit heroes of today."He said that "Leave" campaign figureheads Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage "are not patriots. Patriots don't resign when things get difficult, they stay."European People's Party head Manfred Weber said "we don't know where Mr. Farage is today. Perhaps he's on an island enjoying himself." Farage is an EU lawmaker but was not at the assembly in Strasbourg.Weber said: "This is completely cowardly."Liberal bloc leader Guy Verhofstadt likened the resignations to "rats fleeing a sinking ship."Join the conversation about this story
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