Asked if other member states will follow Britain’s example in quitting, Juncker told the newspaper: “No. Britain’s example will make everyone realise that it’s not worth leaving.”
He added: “On the contrary, the remaining member states will fall in love with each other again and renew their vows with the European Union.”
Juncker said more countries would join the EU in future although not during his time in office, which runs until 2019, because none of the candidates have fulfilled the conditions yet.
But the 62-year-old politician went on to condemn President Trump for hailing Brexit.
Shortly after Angela Merkel visited the White House and received a frosty reception from Trump, Juncker said: “The fact that the American President welcomes the British exit from the EU and says other states should follow this path is a one-time process. There is still a need for intensive talks.”
However, last week a senior Juncker aide told reporters the option for Britain to return to the EU “will always be open” after the EU leader’s summit in Brussels.
The aide added: “There are different ways you can join. You can be a full member, you can be a partner, you can be related to us in the customs union, or through a trade agreement.”
In order to deal with the impact of Brexit, the EU Commission’s chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the EU’s “immediate plans” in place for Brexit will be launched moments after Theresa May triggers Article 50.
Outlining how the process will work, Mr Schinas added: “From the Commission perspective, we stand ready to launch negotiations quickly.
“The first step after the notification will be the adoption of the guidelines by the European Council. President Tusk will convene this meeting.
“The European Commission will then immediately issue a recommendation to open the negotiations.”
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