UK will return! German MEP promises Brexit ‘isolationism experiment’ will be short-lived
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Terry Reintke, a German politician and MEP, has spoken of her regret that the UK has now formally left the EU but hinted the door will always be left open for Britain’s return. She claimed the 2016 Brexit referendum was “the triumph of a narrow nationalism”, which she thinks will soon dissipate.
Writing on her own website, the Green MEP, wrote a blog post titled “Together, we are stronger than Brexit”.
The short article, published on December 31, was written in conjunction with former British Green MEP Molly Scott-Cato, who represented the South West from 2014-2020.
The pair branded Brexit as “short-lived” and suggested the UK would soon move to rejoin the bloc.
They wrote: “The day the UK left the European Union was marked by sadness but a light was left on at the European Parliament and it still burns brightly.
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“We believe that the British experiment in isolationism will be short-lived and that the UK will return to the heart of Europe and to membership of the EU.
“Until that happens we pledge to cherish our European identity and our European friendships.
“Together, we are stronger than Brexit.”
The Green politicians said the end of the transition period marked a “sad day” for those “who value European cooperation”.
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They then listed off some of the EU’s achievements in recent years, such as the bloc’s climate change commitments.
The blog read: “Together we have built a strong and prosperous Europe with stronger climate action, better environmental protection and higher standards at work than anywhere else in the world.
“We commit to defending and raising these standards in 2021 and in the future.”
Their comments come after former Tory frontbencher Michael Heseltine made similar comments, and called on Remainers to continue to fight for Britain to rejoin the EU.
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Lord Heseltine compared the pro-EU campaign to Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP – who continue to demand a second vote on Scottish independence despite losing the 2014 referendum.
The former deputy prime minister told Times Radio: “You have got a country which is deeply divided and it is very important to give hope and keep alive the aspirations of the younger generation. Of course, we must fight back.
“There are millions of people who feel just as strongly as I do, and we are not going to lie down.”
He then urged Remainers to follow the example of Scottish nationalists, who continue to campaign for a re-vote.
Lord Heseltine said: “The idea that that’s going to be static and set in stone – well, just take the Scots Nats, they lost the referendum. Show me one speech by one Scots Nat who said ‘It’s over. Oh, yes, we lost. Let’s be good boys and girls and let’s accept it’.
“Of course they didn’t. They immediately said ‘we nearly won – we must have another go’.
“And I take very much the same view about British self-interest.”
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