December 27, 2019
The vice-president of the European Commission has written a lengthy love letter to the United Kingdom, in which he insists “we’re not going away” and invites Britain to rejoin the European Union in the future.
Published in the newspaper of choice for the British metropolitan left, The Guardian, Frans Timmerman’s 700-word paean to Britain’s membership of the European Union veers violently from the sentimental to the at times outright inappropriate.
The 58-year-old former Dutch foreign minister, despite embarking on his seasonal greeting by insisting how well he knows Britain and the British, possibly misjudged the nation’s appetite for unwanted displays of affection when he wrote: “I know you now. And I love you. For who you are and what you gave me. I’m like an old lover.”
Timmermans, who has served at the European Commission under both Jean-Claude Juncker and now Ursula von der Leyen, joined several other senior anti-British independence figures by expressing his hope that the UK would change its mind in the future. Clearly leaving the door open for Britain to rejoin the European Union, the EU VP wrote: “…I find comfort in the thought that family ties can never really be severed. We’re not going away and you will always be welcome to come back.”
This article was posted: Friday, December 27, 2019 at 8:17 am