In a speech, Guy stated that Britain’s future generations will “find their way back” to the EU. We’ve only been entirely out of the EU a couple of days, and it looks like Guy Verhofstadt is missing the UK.
I ask @MichelBarnier to unilaterally extend Eramus to UK students after #Brexit. They love Europe, they all want the UK back into the European family. Let's not make them the victims of a Brexit they didn’t choose ! 🇬🇧🇪🇺 pic.twitter.com/zVvUcoIwxz— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) December 18, 2020
Mr Verhofstadt said: “Whatever happens next, these younger generations will decide on their future for themselves. At some point, one way or another, they will find their way back to the European family.
“As from our side, all we can do in the meantime is try to find least-bad options to make the new relationship work. And I for one will always plead for the European Union to keep its arms and mind open for friends across the Channel, for instance by keeping Erasmus and other exchange programmes open for young Britons.
“This relationship was never easy, but there was always – and will always be – a lot of heart and mind in it. As a democrat and an optimist, I still believe these will win out in the end.”
In an article from the New European Mr Verhofstadt wrote: “No one in their right mind ever really believed closing yourself off from your closest economic, political and geopolitical partner would be a constructive thing to do.
“But some honestly believed they had the right to do so, and the only way to spectacularly reaffirm that right was through something spectacularly self-harmful and destructive.
“Still, it saddens and even frightens me to see how a great country can continue to belittle itself in this way.”