Britain 'would lose influence' outside EU

Britain would lose influence if it were to leave the European Union, and must stop "blaming immigrants" for its woes, European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding has said.

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Britain 'would lose influence' outside EU

Britain would lose influence if it were to leave the European Union, the Vice-President of the European Commission has said.

Viviane Reding said she believes the UK should be a "central part" of the European Union. Credit: PA

Speaking in Cambridge, Viviane Reding said that a UK outside the EU "would have to live with the rules decided on by the other EU countries".

Ms Reding said talks of renegotiations and referenda "distracts from the real issue".

"Finding more solutions like the ones [found for the banking and financial sector] is what we should all be focusing our energy and creativity on."

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