The European union’s push towards “centralisation and harmonisation” is to blame for Brexit, according to one prominent Member of the European Parliament.
Hans-Olaf Henkel claims the EU left Britain with little choice, after evolving from a trade block into an ever-closer political union.
— Hans-Olaf Henkel MEP (@HansOlafHenkel) 29 November 2017
The German MEP likened Britain joining the EU as similar to joining a football club, only for the manager to decide to play golf.
“It’s like Britain having joined a football club and then the club management decided to play golf, then I ask myself who has really left whom.”
Mr Henkel told BBC news that many in Germany fear a bad deal will affect the EU much more than the current crop of politicians in Brussels realise.
He said: “It is our opinion and our conviction that Brexit is not only the fault, if you wish, of the British.
“No, I think it is the fault of Brussels because Brussels has always done much too much centralisation and harmonisation.”
— Tony Dempsey (@tonydempc) 27 November 2017
Slamming the EU’s “arrogant and absurd” handling over Brexit, the political stalwart said a positive deal is needed by both.
He said: “We have absolutely no illusions.
“Berlin will say ‘No this is the responsibility of Monsieur Barnier in Brussels’.
“Brussels will say ‘Oh look, it is now up to Britain to make the next move.
“However, I think the situation is so obviously wrong for both that it is necessary to try to change the situation.”
— Hans-Olaf Henkel MEP (@HansOlafHenkel) 27 November 2017