Guy Verhofstadt has insisted that the UK will one day rejoin the European Union. The Belgian MEP lashed out at Brexit, claiming Britain’s departure from Brussels was a “con”. Mr Verhostadt also branded Brexit as “the elephant in the room of British politics” and a “travesty”.
He added that he has “no doubt” that a “young British politician” will bring the country back into the EU in the future.
Writing for the Independent, the Belgian MEP said: “Many in the EU, including myself, thought Brexit was a travesty for the British people.
“We want the Brits back, but we also know there will be a special deal for London.
“The elephant in the room of British politics is Brexit and will get bigger and bigger until the main parties address it.
“I have no doubt that one day, a young British politician will slay the proverbial elephant and lead Britain back into the European family, where it belongs.
“It is up to the British people to decide how quickly this day comes.”
But Mr Verhofstadt’s comments prompted a backlash from Brexiteers.
Former Brexit Party MEP Belinda de Lucy hit back: “I pray you find the therapy you need to overcome your obsession with the UK.
“We know we are an incredible nation but we are more than just a cash cow to your black hole of a sovereignty-gobbling corrupt empire, we are Excalibur.
“We will be more than fine without the EU.”
Foreign policy analyst Nile Gardiner said: “17.4 million Britons clearly disagreed with Guy Verhofstadt at the ballot box.
“There is no going back to the corrupt, undemocratic and tyrannical EU.”
Referring to Mr Verhofstadt’s claim that the UK “belongs in Europe”, GB News presenter Martin Daubney said: “The UK is in Europe. It’s just not in the EU. We, the 17.4 million, made sure of that.
“Happy to clarify, Mr. Verhofstadt.”
The Belgian MEP, who was the European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator, has been a vocal critic of the UK’s decision to quit the bloc in 2016.