1 JUNE 2016 • 7:41AM
European Council president Donald Tusk has warned EU leaders in the bluntest terms that their “utopian” illusions are tearing Europe apart, and that any attempt to seize on Brexit to force through yet more integration would be a grave mistake.
In a passionate plea to Europe’s top conservatives, he accused the EU elites of living in a fool’s paradise and provoking the eurosceptic revolt now erupting in a string of countries.
“It is us who today are responsible,” he said, speaking at a conclave of Christian-Democrat and centre-right leaders in Luxembourg. “Obsessed with the idea of instant and total integration, we failed to notice that ordinary people, the citizens of Europe, do not share our Euro-enthusiasm.”
The warning came as the latest Guardian ICM poll shows the Leave campaign ahead by 45pc to 42pc, a sign that the cannonade of economic warnings from the Treasury, the Bank of England, and global bodies is missing its mark. It is the first time the Brexiteers have led a telephone poll.