Prime Minister Sobotka dismisses idea of Czech Republic leaving EU

Any proposals for the Czech Republic to potentially leave the EU were described by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka as "senseless, harmful and dangerous" on Wednesday. The prime minister and Social Democrat chairman also said EU membership was a "guarantee" of national prosperity and security, which had aided improvement of Czech society in the post-communist period. The prime minister was reacting to the debate surrounding the Brexit – a possible departure of Great Britain from the EU - if the British vote to leave in a referendum on June 23. Mr Sobotka said current debate on the Brexit would sooner or later be seized upon by extremist groups in the Czech Republic and other EU member states.

Author: Jan Velinger