The leading Brexiteer said Brussels would rather hurt itself than see the UK’s EU exit succeed. Mr Hannan, who has been a Tory MEP for South East England since 1999, lashed out at the bloc in a highly critical article for the Washington Examiner. The MEP said: “The EU would rather inflict damage on all sides than watch a post-Brexit UK succeed.”
He heavily criticised the EU’s approach to Brexit negotiations, raging at the bloc’s tough approach.
But not only did the MEP slate the EU’s negotiating position, he later said on Twitter that he didn’t back Ursula von der Leyen, who will become the EU’s next President of the European Commission in November.
When asked why he voted for Germany’s former minister of defence, Mr Hannan said: “As I have explained dozens of times, I didn’t vote.
“It’s none of our business as we’re leaving.”
Mr Hannan’s also mocked the bloc’s demands of the UK.
He wrote: “Suppose that the United States were to ask, in good faith, to resume the negotiations that were halted in 2016. And suppose that Brussels were to respond as follows: ‘We’ll discuss a trade deal with you, but with two preconditions.
“‘First, you need to give us control over the terms of your trade with third countries. From now on, we get to negotiate deals on your behalf with Canada, Mexico, and the rest.
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“‘Second, we will assume administrative control over California, laying down its technical standards.
“‘Oh, and after all that, there is no guarantee that we will actually give you the trade deal.’”
But Twitter users have criticised Mr Hannan’s comparison of the UK and the US within the article, with many stating that the two countries are very different.
One person wrote: “The US isn’t part of the EU at the moment.
“Nor is the US less than 1/6 of the size of the EU.”
Another simply said: “The UK and the US are not the same economically.” CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE
The leading Brexiteer said Brussels would rather hurt itself than see the UK’s EU exit succeed. Mr Hannan, who has been a Tory MEP for South East England since 1999, lashed out at the bloc in a highly critical article for the Washington Examiner.