Paris: The chief of the European Commission said on Friday that if Britain were to quit the European Union, it would have to live life as an outsider.
"If the British were to say `no` (to staying in the European Union), which I am not hoping for, life in the (European) community won`t go on as before," Jean-Claude Juncker told Le Monde newspaper.
"The United Kingdom will have to accept being considered a third party, who we won`t be bending over backwards for.
"If the British quit Europe, then we and they are going to have to accept the consequences from that.
"That is not a threat, but our relations will no longer be as they are today," he warned.
Britain is due to hold a referendum on June 23 to decide whether to stay in the European Union or quit.
As per the latest polls, Britons are finely balanced in their view on the referendum.