11:11 | 27/08/2018 Cooperation
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen believes the European Union will be able to overcome Brexit, he said at the European Forum Alpbach on August 25.
|Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen believes the European Union will be able to overcome Brexit - File photo: Daily Express|
In his address at the opening of the four-day political symposium at the forum, Van der Bellen said he is convinced the EU "will not fall apart" as a result of the UK departure from the project, and argued that it has in fact strengthened the remaining EU-27 countries.
He warned of the risks involved if a Brexit deal is unable to be struck, and said economically this would amount to a "worst-case scenario" for the UK.
EU countries for their part would be preparing to avoid a similar outcome, he said.
Despite this, the president said he hopes a solution can be found between Britain and Europe, and said the issue is one of many where the EU needs to show resilience in overcoming challenges.