15 July 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Pronouncements including “The EU must be destroyed! “A woman will rescue Britain!” and “The future for the UK is golden following Brexit!” were just some that this reporter heard as part of a trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France last week.

I was part of a group of 15 regional journalists who travelled to Strasbourg at the invitation of the European Parliament for a two-day media seminar. With the debate over the Brexit result dominating the headlines both locally and nationally it was unanimously agreed amongst us group of reporters that this invitation to visit the Parliament could not have come at a better time.

The comments I began this article with came during a post-Brexit debate we attended first thing last Tuesday morning in the Hemicycle for a few hours. If it was colour and passion we were looking for, we got it in spades. Proceedings were translated into over 30 languages, including sign language. Many of the MEPs present expressed heartfelt disappointment at the UK’s decision to leave the EU with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte lamenting, “I am sure Churchill would be very disappointed by the decision taken by the British. I am very sure about that.”

President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker described Leave campaigners Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and others, as retro-nationalists.
“They are not patriots. Patriots don’t resign when things get difficult,” he stated.

The Leave campaigners were equally as vocal on their stance with United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) representative Bill Etheridge declaring that he had felt fantastic on Friday, 24th June when the result was announced.

“Brexit brings hope not just to the UK but to the people of Europe. The future for the UK is golden. The EU is a failed project and the UK has shown the way to freedom,” Mr Etheridge crowed.

Deputy Leader of UKIP, Paul Nuttall, was more measured in his response to the comments of the Remain side stating that the Leave campaigners were not there to gloat, they were there to get the best deal possible.

“The UK and …

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