Eastern EU Urges More Democracy Post-Brexit
WARSAW, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21th july, 2016) - Central European leaders on Thursday urged reforms to give national parliaments a bigger say in the EU, in a bid to stem the frustration that fuelled Britain's vote to leave. "The European Commission hasn't fully understood what happened in the British referendum," Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told a press conference in Warsaw with her Czech, Hungarian and Slovak counterparts.
"We believe it's up to national parliaments to have the final word on the decisions of the European Commission," the right-winger added.
The Visegrad Four leaders pledged unity ahead of an informal September 16 EU summit in Bratislava to be held without Britain which is intended to map out a course for the bloc after Brexit. A joint statement said they want a future based on the "EU's four basic freedoms", including unfettered movement of goods, services, capital and people. "We have the opportunity to forge a stronger EU, one more focused on European citizens than European institutions," Szydlo said, vowing that security would be a top priority.