Leading Germans in an open letter ask UK to remain in the EU


Leading Germans in an open letter ask UK to remain in the EU

Leading German figures have written to the UK asking it to stay in the European Union. The letter, published in The Times, is signed by 31 people, including the leader of the Christian Democratic Union – and likely successor to Angela Merkel – Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.

They cited post-work pints and pantomime as beloved British habits. But the UK’s role in post-war Europe is the focus of the signatories calling for Britain to stay.
“Without your great nation, this Continent would not be what it is today,” they wrote.

The letter – also signed by the chief executive of Airbus, Thomas Enders, and punk singer Campino – said the UK had helped define the European Union as a community of “freedom and prosperity”.

“After the horrors of the Second World War, Britain did not give up on us,” it continued. “It has welcomed Germany back as a sovereign nation and a European power. ”This we, as Germans, have not forgotten and we are grateful.“

The signatories said that they ”respect the choice“ of British people who want to leave the EU and, if the country wants to leave for good, ”it will always have friends in Germany and Europe“.
But they said the choice was not irreversible and ”our door will always remain open“.

The letter concluded: ”Britain has become part of who we are as Europeans and therefore we would miss Britain.

“We would miss the legendary British black humor and going to the pub after work hours to drink an ale. We would miss tea with milk and driving on the left-hand side of the road. And we would miss seeing the panto at Christmas.

”But more than anything else, we would miss the British people – our friends across the Channel. “Therefore Britons should know, from the bottom of our hearts, we want them to stay.”

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  1. I know that, Ian – on every visit to the UK everybody i met was very warm and welcoming, and i made many friends (apart from having English and Irish friends here in Germany) – but we won’t be separated by the Brexit, not on a personal level anyway. And although Germans are liked by Your fellow Englishmen i still doubt that they are keen on advice by German big-players. I might be wrong, of course, this letter still sounds ridiculous in my ears. Thank You for engaging in any case as i greatly enjoy Your written pieces and interviews You’ve done (for example on Dr.Barrett’s programs).

    • Cheers and vielen danke. I’ve had similar experiences visiting Germany, we two peoples are more alike than not, which makes it such a huge tragedy that we were twice fooled into fighting each other. I am sure Britain will leave the EU, one way or another, there are just too many people who will settle for nothing less, but there are still many machinations to be played out so who really knows what will happen, the politicians least of all, or so it seems.

  2. Miss the British ? I mean is the UK going to vanish in a puff of smoke? Will Germans be barred from visiting the UK? Are those idiots sending the letter unaware of a place called Ireland, an EU member?
    What a stupid farce – also i do not think that the average man in the UK is very likely to take advice from us Germans, especially from our so called ‘elite’…

    • We British are actually quite fond of our German cousins, far moreso than we are of the French or the Spanish, for instance. The split in Britain between pro and anti Brexit is largely along two lines- firstly, between the older people who are mostly wanting to leave and the young who a majority of want to remain, and secondly, between London & the surrounding south east and the midlands and north, with the former supporting remain and the latter wanting out.

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