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Politician Marine Le Pen echoed Mrs Thatcher’s sentiment in 2016, just four days after Britain voted to leave.
The comparisons between the EU and the former Soviet bloc persist, with euro-sceptics across Europe hitting out at the Brussels’ project.
Mrs Thatcher continued:”Surely we would like to see Europe more united and with a greater sense of common purpose.
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She added:”When the results weren’t consistent with expectations, [the Soviets] would say it didn’t work because there was not enough Communism.
The then-Foreign Secretary said in a speech:”At the moment you appear to think the best way to keep the club together is to punish a member who leaves.
Even Remainer MP Jeremy Hunt made a similar contrast in 2018, claiming that Brussels had behaved in a Soviet Union-esque manner during Brexit negotiations.
Brussels did strike back deriding Mr Hunt’s comments.
The Conservative Party leader, who had been Prime Minister for nine years, urged Brussels to change its approach to allow for individuality within the bloc.
“And the European Union is exactly the same. Each time there is a failure they say it’s because there’s not Europe that is enough.
Furious that her economic reforms could be upended by the European model, the Prime Minister took aim with a scathing contrast to the Soviet Union in Brussels. She said:”It’s ironic that only when those nations like the Soviet Union, which have tried to run everything in the centre, are learning that success depends on dispersing decisions and power away from the center, there are some in the Community who seem to wish to move in the opposite direction.
“The British people have just said’stop, for us it’s the end, it’s over’.”
She told Time the EU”are doing exactly what they did in the Soviet Union”.
“What happened to the confidence and ideals of the European dream? The EU was set up to protect freedom.
The European commission’s chief spokesman at the time, Margaritis Schinas, said:”I would say respectfully that we’d all benefit — and specifically foreign affairs ministers — from opening a history book from time to time.”
“But it must be in a way which preserves the different traditions, parliamentary powers and sense of national pride in your own country: for these have been the source of Europe’s energy through the centuries.”