The three most senior figures within the European Union have delivered a parting shot at Brexit Britain as they stated ‘measurement issues’ and claimed solely the bloc can deal with the world’s issues.
President of the European Fee Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Council Charles Michel and president of the European Parliament David Sassoli penned a joint article to mark Brexit.
They spoke of their ‘fondness for the UK’ and praised Britons for his or her ‘creativity, ingenuity, tradition, and traditions’.
However they may not resist placing the boot in because the UK prepares to depart the EU at 11pm tonight.
The trio prompt that by itself Britain won’t be able to affect international affairs in the best way that it has been capable of as a member of the bloc.
They then used a press convention in Brussels to double down on the jibe as Ms von der Leyen stated ‘power doesn’t lie in splendid isolation’.
The feedback got here as Britain’s MEPs left the European Parliament for the ultimate time.
The Brexit Get together’s contingent marked the event this morning with a present of power as they marched out of the constructing carrying a ‘Brexodus Categorical’ banner as Ann Widdecombe stated: ‘The MEPs leaving right here right this moment, our responsibility is finished, our harvest is residence and now we’re off.’
Britain’s MEPs will go away the European Parliament for the ultimate time right this moment. Brexit Get together MEPs took half in a march out of the constructing this morning carrying a banner studying ‘Brexodus Categorical’
Ann Widdecombe led the march for the Brexit Get together after Nigel Farage left Brussels for the ultimate time as an MEP on Wednesday after the European Parliament voted for the Brexit deal
Charles Michel (left), Ursula von der Leyen (proper) and David Sassoli (centre), pictured in Brussels right this moment, have stated ‘measurement issues’ in a parting shot at Brexit Britain
Ms von der Leyen stated ‘power doesn’t lie in splendid isolation’ however insisted she wished to have the ‘absolute best’ relationship with the UK after Brexit
Nigel Farage claims UK won’t ever rejoin the EU
Nigel Farage right this moment claimed that 11pm tonight is ‘the purpose of no return’ for Britain’s relationship with the EU, insisting there is no such thing as a approach the UK will ever rejoin.
The Brexit Get together chief claimed Brexit was ‘an unbelievable victory for odd folks towards the institution’ as he spoke of his pleasure at seeing it occur.
Showing on Good Morning Britain he additionally praised Boris Johnson, regardless of operating candidatures towards the Tories on the common election, arguing in December the Prime Minister wouldn’t get a correct Brexit.
He spoke as preparations continued in London and throughout the nation for Britain to depart the EU later tonight.
‘There’s a number of work to return, however consider this, what occurs tonight at 11 o’clock, we go the purpose of no return,’ Mr Farage stated this morning. ‘As soon as we’re out, there is no approach this nation will ever rejoin and I feel that is the massive second in historical past.
‘As for the subsequent part, all I can say is true now, Boris Johnson is saying all the correct issues and if he delivers these issues, we shall be really, genuinely unbiased.’
Britain’s cut up from Brussels has prompted a substantial amount of soul looking out within the EU about its standing and its place on the world stage.
Critics of the EU like Nigel Farage have predicted that Brexit will sign the start of the tip of the political union.
However writing in The Instances, Ms von der Leyen, Mr Michel and Mr Sassoli stated Brexit will ‘mark a brand new daybreak for Europe’ in addition to the UK.
They claimed that the years since the results of the 2016 EU referendum had ‘introduced us nearer collectively as nations, as establishments and as folks’.
‘They’ve reminded us all that the EU is greater than a market or financial energy however stands for values that all of us share and defend,’ the trio wrote.
‘Because of this the member states of the EU will proceed to affix forces and construct a typical future.
‘In an age of nice energy competitors and turbulent geopolitics, measurement issues.
‘No nation alone can maintain again the tide of local weather change, discover the options to the digital future or have a powerful voice within the ever-louder cacophony of the world. However collectively, the EU can.’
David Cameron insists UK could make successful of Brexit
David Cameron right this moment insisted he believes the UK will be capable of make successful of Brexit as he hailed the ‘very large day’ for Britain.
The UK will cut up from Brussels at 11pm this night after greater than three years of tortuous wrangling over the phrases of Britain’s divorce.
It should possible signify a second of unhappiness for Mr Cameron provided that he unsuccessfully led the marketing campaign to maintain the UK within the bloc on the 2016 EU referendum which he determined to name.
He give up as PM after his Stay aspect was defeated by Depart, and this morning he stated he ‘knew at the present time would come’ ultimately regardless of repeated Brexit delays.
Mr Cameron advised Sky Information: ‘It’s clearly a really large day for our nation. Clearly I led the marketing campaign to remain in however I all the time accepted the referendum end result and knew at the present time would come.
‘As I stated on the time of the referendum we’re one of many greatest economies on the earth, maybe the sixth greatest financial system on the earth.
‘We are able to make successful of the selection that we make and I’m positive that’s precisely what we’ll do and I want the federal government effectively in all their endeavors to make it possible for occurs.’
The feedback are more likely to spark anger amongst Brexiteers and reinforce their perception that leaving the EU is the proper course for the UK.
The remarks additionally threat souring commerce talks between Britain and Brussels earlier than formal negotiations on the long run partnership settlement have even begun.
The EU trio addressed the media in Brussels this morning as Mr Michel stated the EU would develop into stronger after Brexit.
He stated: ‘It’s by no means a cheerful second when somebody leaves however we’re opening a brand new chapter and we’ll commit all our power to constructing a stronger and extra formidable European Union.’
He additionally delivered a commerce talks warning as he stated: ‘The extra the UK will diverge from EU requirements, the much less entry to the one market they may have.’
In the meantime, Ms von der Leyen stated she was not ‘optimistic’ or ‘pessimistic’ about Brexit however ‘decided’ to make the very best of it.
She reiterated the trio’s ‘measurement issues’ jibe as she stated ‘power doesn’t lie in splendid isolation’.
‘Throughout all these years, 47 plus years, our union has gained political impetus and has develop into a worldwide financial powerhouse,’ Ms von der Leyen stated.
‘Our expertise has taught us that power doesn’t lie in splendid isolation however in our distinctive union.
‘Nowhere else on the earth can you discover 27 nations of 440 million folks talking 24 totally different languages, counting on one another, working collectively, dwelling collectively.
‘And this isn’t accidentally or by likelihood. That is grounded in centuries of shared historical past, many years of shared expertise and a willpower and confidence to form our widespread future collectively.’
She insisted the EU wished to have the ‘absolute best’ relationship with the UK after it leaves ‘however it would by no means be nearly as good as membership’ of the bloc.
When the UK leaves the EU this night the 2 sides will enter right into a standstill transition interval throughout which they may hammer out the phrases of a commerce deal.
Brexit Get together members of the European Parliament, together with Jonathan Bullock (4th R) holding a British flag, depart from the Parliament to return to Nice Britain
Brexit Get together MEPs had been performed out of Brussels by a piper after the emotional scenes on Wednesday when the European Parliament ratified the Brexit deal
British member of the European Parliament (MEP) Jonathan Bullock waves the Union Jack as he leaves the European Parliament
Brexit Get together members made their option to the Brussels Midi prepare station as they ready to journey again to the UK for Brexit celebrations tonight
Tim Barrow, the UK’s everlasting consultant to the EU, was pictured leaving his workplace in Brussels this morning. At 11pm he’ll develop into the UK’s ambassador to the EU
The feedback threat souring commerce talks between the EU and UK earlier than they even start. Ms von der Leyen is pictured alongside Boris Johnson in Downing Road on January 8
The transition interval will finish in December 2020. Boris Johnson is adamant he is not going to agree to increase the transition however the EU doesn’t consider there may be sufficient time to strike a complete deal by the tip of the 12 months.
The trio’s remarks got here as Britain’s MEPs walked out of the European Parliament for the ultimate time.
Ms Widdecombe stated: ‘I have a combination of feeling very, very jubilant and filled with celebration but in addition profound reduction as a result of there was a time after I questioned if at the present time was ever going to return.
‘Certainly it was at that time that I joined the Brexit Get together to try to assist to make it come.’
Ms Widdecombe led the Brexit Get together’s march out of the get together after chief Mr Farage left Brussels for the final time as an MEP on Wednesday night following the ultimate vote on the Withdrawal Settlement.
She stated she can be becoming a member of the remainder of the get together in Parliament Sq. for the stroke of 11pm on Friday night.
She added: “And that is it. That’s the second when Brexit has been Brexited.”