The UK has been 'unnecessarily harmed' by Brexit and more damage is coming, the first vice-president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, wrote in a Guardian signing Thursday.
In “My Love Letter to the United Kingdom: Family Bonds Can Never Really Be Broken,” Timmermans stated that the country "will always be welcome" and that the departure on 31 January makes him feel like an abandoned "old lover", reported the Express.
Timmermans revealed that he began to enjoy the United Kingdom and the character of its people when he attended the British Saint George School in Rome. According to him, British skepticism about the European project has always been a healthy check on the most federalist ambitions over the decades.
“I know you now. 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 miser. I know you believe you are unique and different. And of course you are in many ways, but perhaps less than you think, ”he wrote.
He continued: “You will never stop referring to us as 'the continent'. This helps you create the distance you think you need. But it also keeps you from seeing that, in reality, we all need a little distance between us. All European nations are unique. Our differences are a source of wonder, surprise, discomfort, misunderstanding, derision, caricature, and yes, love. ”
He also indicated that the decision of former British Prime Minister David Cameron to hold the 2016 Brexit referendum was unnecessary. “You were divided about that, as you were always divided about the European Union (EU). I wish you had kept it up – it served you well and kept us all in better shape. ”
“Was it necessary to force the problem? Not at all. But you did it. And the sad thing is, I see that this is hurting you. Because the division will continue even after you leave. In the process, much unnecessary damage was done to you and all of us. And I fear more will come. ” But the UK "will always be welcome back," he concluded.