ATHENS, July 9 If Britain were to leave the
European Union the departure would be a shock to the bloc that
would be very difficult to manage, European Central Bank board
member Benoit Coeure said on Wednesday.
"The UK leaving would constitute an enormous shock and (be)
very difficult to manage," Coeure, who sits on the six-member
Executive Board that forms the nucleus of the ECB's broader
policymaking Governing Council, said in Athens.
"We are in effort to bring capital markets together, we
don't need that kind of shock," he added during a roundtable
British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to try to
reshape Britain's EU ties if re-elected next year before giving
Britons an in/out EU membership referendum in 2017.
(Reporting by Deepa Babington and Renee Maltezou; Writing by