Brexit Britain is “like Game of Thrones on steroids”, a leading candidate for the top job at the European Commission said as the front-runners clashed in a debate.
Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission and candidate to replace EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, said the political chaos raging in Britain should serve as a warning to others tempted by the siren call of populism.
The Dutchman faced off against chief rivals conservative MEP Manfred Weber and EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager in a debate that featured a few testy exchanges but no serious body blows.
With populist and nationalist movements on the rise in Europe, Timmermans said mainstream parties needed to do more to persuade voters of the value of European integration.
And he warned that voters who believed the populists’ rhetoric could expect disappointment.
“Look at what the divisiveness of Brexit has done to the United Kingdom,” he said.