‘Don’t give up’ on stopping Brexit, Donald Tusk tells campaigners

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One of the EU’s most senior figures has intervened in Britain’s general election campaign, urging opponents of Brexit not to give up on stopping it.

Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk made the remarks in a speech in Bruges, Belgium, as his time in the role comes to an end.

With that in mind, Mr Tusk said he wanted to “tell you something I wouldn’t have dared to say a few months ago, as I could be fired for being too frank”.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2019/2020 academic year at the College of Europe, Mr Tusk added the UK will become “an outsider, a second-rate player” after Brexit and said a friend who suggested to him that it would be “the real end of the British Empire” is probably right.

Turning his attention to the upcoming election 12 December, Mr Tusk told the audience: “The UK election takes place in one month. Can things still be turned around? “Hannah Arendt taught that things become irreversible only when people start to think so.”

“So the only words that come to my mind today are simply: don’t give up.”

He added: “One of my English friends is probably right when he says with melancholy that Brexit is the real end of the British Empire.”

Via Sky News

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