Brexit has unnecessarily damaged Britain and “will follow more”, the Vice-President of the European Commission wrote a “love letter” to the British people, promising a warm welcome if attitudes changed.
Frans Timmermans, Deputy Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission, writes that the British skepticism of the EU has been a boon to the bloc as it expresses its feelings of rejection before the country’s oncoming departure on January 31, comparing it to a former “old lover”
Timmermans, a former Dutch Foreign Minister, who was also Deputy Jean-Claude Juncker, says in the Guardian letter that he first began to love Great Britain and the character of its inhabitants during the British school in Rome, the English school of Sts. George. .
British doubts about the European project have offered healthy controls over federal ambitions for decades over a decade, he says. He writes, “I already know you. And I love you. For who you are and what you gave me. I’m like an old lover.
“I know your strengths and weaknesses. I know you can be generous, but also pathetic. I know you think you’re unique and different. And of course you are in many ways, but maybe less than you think. “
“We will never talk about the rest of us as a continent,” Timmermans adds to the British approach over decades of EU membership. “It helps you create the distance you think you need. But it also prevents you from seeing that, in fact, we all need a little distance between us. All European nations are unique. Our differences are a source of admiration, surprise, discomfort, misunderstanding, mockery, cartoon and yes, love. “
Negotiations on future relations will begin seriously in March, when the UK will formally withdraw its position and negotiate positions on both sides of the channel.
Boris Johnson said that after December 2020, the transitional period during which the United Kingdom will remain in the Customs Union and the Single Market will not extend, but not the institutions with EU decision-making powers.
Conflict is awaiting the access of European British fishing fleets to British waters and, more importantly, the EU demands that the British Government sign its environmental, social and fiscal rules in exchange for duty-free trade in goods.
Timmermans speaks of his sadness at breaking the relationship formed after the United Kingdom joined the European Economic Community in 1973. He suggests that David Cameron’s decision to hold a referendum in 2016 was not necessary.
He writes: “You have been talking about this in two ways, as always about the EU. I wish you would stick to this attitude – it served you well and kept us all in better shape.
“Was it necessary to force this matter? Not at all. But you did. And the sad thing is: I see it hurts. Because both minds will still be there, even after you leave. In this process, you have caused so much unnecessary harm to you and us all. And I’m afraid there will be more. “
However, Timmermans concluded that the United Kingdom “will always be happy to return”.
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