BELGRADE – Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev said yesterday that if the EU collapsed following Brexit, there would be war, reports. He made the comments in the presence of his German colleague, Joachim Gauck, who is on a 3-day visit to Bulgaria.

Speaking to a students’ audience, Plevneliev and Gauck expressed hopes that British citizens would vote to remain in the EU. But when asked if a Leave vote could be a signal of the EU’s disintegration, Plevneliev said that if the EU collapses, there will be war.

“If the EU disintegrates, there will be war, because after two bloody wars the only working formula to avoid war was the EU. The only way is that integration prevails, and if there is no integration and cooperation, I am sure, there will be war in Europe,” Plevneliev said.