European Commission chairman Jean-Claude Juncker is not the “right man for the job” and should resign, the Czech foreign minister has said.
Lubomir Zaoralek said someone in the EU should take “responsibility” for the vote of British citizens to leave the EU.
"Right now I can't see the European Commission chairman as the right man for the job," Mr Zaoralek told Czech television.
"I don't want to call on anyone [to resign], but... someone in the EU maybe should contemplate quitting, because [Brexit] is a responsibility someone should have assumed."
He also said the EU Commission president did not do enough to prevent the loss of Britain from the EU.
Mr Zaoralek said: "I would imagine the Commission is led by an honourable, trustworthy man who, in a situation when we are facing the loss of a leg or arm, might go to the country and tell the Britons: 'We want you to stay'."
However, during the bitter referendum campaign, many believed an appeal from the EU elite to Britons would have backfired, particularly in light of the poor response to President Obama’s warning the UK would go “straight to the back of the queue” if it voted for Brexit.
6 ways Britain leaving the EU will affect you
6 ways Britain leaving the EU will affect you
1/6 More expensive foreign holidays
The first practical effect of a vote to Leave is that the pound will be worth less abroad, meaning foreign holidays will cost us more
2/6 No immediate change in immigration status
The Prime Minister will have to address other immediate concerns. He is likely to reassure nationals of other EU countries living in the UK that their status is unchanged. That is what the Leave campaign has said, so, even after the Brexit negotiations are complete, those who are already in the UK would be allowed to stay
3/6 Higher inflation
A lower pound means that imports would become more expensive. This is likely to mean the return of inflation – a phenomenon with which many of us are unfamiliar because prices have been stable for so long, rising at no more than about 2 per cent a year. The effect may probably not be particularly noticeable in the first few months. At first price rises would be confined to imported goods – food and clothes being the most obvious – but inflation has a tendency to spread and to gain its own momentum
4/6 Interest rates might rise
The trouble with inflation is that the Bank of England has a legal obligation to keep it as close to 2 per cent a year as possible. If a fall in the pound threatens to push prices up faster than this, the Bank will raise interest rates. This acts against inflation in three ways. First, it makes the pound more attractive, because deposits in pounds will earn higher interest. Second, it reduces demand by putting up the cost of borrowing, and especially by taking larger mortgage payments out of the economy. Third, it makes it more expensive for businesses to borrow to expand output
5/6 Did somebody say recession?
Mr Carney, the Treasury and a range of international economists have warned about this. Many Leave voters appear not to have believed them, or to think that they are exaggerating small, long-term effects. But there is no doubt that the Leave vote is a negative shock to the economy. This is because it changes expectations about the economy’s future performance. Even though Britain is not actually be leaving the EU for at least two years, companies and investors will start to move money out of Britain, or to scale back plans for expansion, because they are less confident about what would happen after 2018
6/6 And we wouldn’t even get our money back
All this will be happening while the Prime Minister, whoever he or she is, is negotiating the terms of our future access to the EU single market. In the meantime, our trade with the EU would be unaffected, except that companies elsewhere in the EU may be less interested in buying from us or selling to us, expecting tariff barriers to go up in two years’ time. Whoever the Chancellor is, he or she may feel the need to bring in a new Budget
In addition, the minister said "the problem of European elites is bigger” than just Mr Juncker.
The Czech Minister was not the only political figure from a European nation to criticise aspects of the EU.
"We must put an end to this sad and finicky Europe,” French Prime Manuel Valls said at the weekend.
“Too often it is intrusive on details and desperately absent on what's essential.
"We must break away from the dogma of ever more Europe. Europe must act not by principle but when it is useful and pertinent."
European leaders have been sending mixed messages about how Brexit must now be implemented, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel stating the EU has "no need to be particularly nasty in any way" and did not need to rush the UK in its departure.
A monetary perspective was provided by Guenther Oettinger, the European Union's digital economy commissioner, who said Britain should act quickly to implement its departure from the European Union to limit the uncertainty rattling investors.
"The next step must come from London," Mr Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, told the Deutschlandfunk German radio station.
Every day of uncertainty was preventing investors from putting their funds into Britain and other European markets, Mr Oettinger said.Reuse content