Britain will become a "second-hand player" after Brexit, unable to compete with powers such as the United States, China and the European Union, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday, told AFP by Agerpres.
Brexit marks "the true end of the British Empire" and Brexit supporters were misled if they believed that leaving the EU would allow their country to regain its dominance in world affairs, the former Polish prime minister added in a speech to Bruges in front of the College of Europe , which prepares the new generations of European civil servants.
The direct statements made by Donald Tusk, whose term as President of the European Council ends at the end of the month, come at a time when Britain is preparing to return to the polls for a crucial legislative poll where the issue of Brexit deeply divides the British political class. .
Some Brexit supporters have insisted that leaving the European Union, the largest trading bloc in the world, would allow Britain to establish closer economic ties with other countries.
"You can consider this the desire for an empire. In fact, the exact opposite will occur. Only as part of a united Europe can the UK play an international role", stressed Donald Tusk.
"And the world knows this. After his departure, the UK will become an 'outsider', a second-hand player, while serious things will happen with China, the United States and the EU," the European Council president added. .
Donald Tusk, who has never concealed his hostility to Britain's withdrawal, has urged supporters of the country's hold on the EU not to be defeated before the December 12 elections.
"The only words that come to mind now are simple: don't give up. In this match, we added extensions. Maybe we'll go up to the penalty kicks"he said.
On the same occasion, Donald Tusk welcomed the unity manifested by the other 27 EU member states for over two years as the winding negotiations between London and Brussels lasted.
"The 27, he expressed satisfaction, have shown exemplary self-discipline and loyalty, despite London's attempts to place these negotiations on a bilateral level," said the President of the European Council.
On the other hand, Donald Tusk criticized the French head of state, Emmanuel Macron, for opposing the opening of EU accession negotiations for northern Macedonia and Albania. He also deplored the French president's call for an approach to Russia.
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