Guy Verhofstadt ripped apart after demand EU vetoes are scrapped – ‘UK was right to leave’

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It came after the Finnish parliament only narrowly approved the EU’s coronavirus recovery fund. Brussels is pushing a massive €800bn (£690bn) package in a bid to restart the European economy following the Covid-19 crisis.

However, this needs to be approved by every member state which could see it blocked.

On Tuesday the Finnish parliament just passed the package with 134 votes in support.

Approval had required two-thirds support, 128 votes in total, making this a narrow victory.

Pieter Cleppe, editor-in-chief of Brussels Report, tweeted: “That it was so close should serve as a warning.”

In response, Mr Verhofstadt, a prominent pro-EU MEP, called for the removal of national vetoes so no one EU member can block policy from Brussels.

He tweeted: “Applause [emoji] for the Finland parliament’s approval.

“But once again it shows EU weakness: Unanimity between all countries required to launch the vital post-Covid recovery fund. We need to decide by majority.

“Democracy demands effective and quick decision making and no vetoes!”

Mr Verhofstadt, formerly Belgium prime minister, served as the European Parliament’s chief Brexit coordinator between 2016 and 2020.

He previously wrote a book titled “The United States of Europe”.

However critics pointed out his proposed idea could see EU members forced to participate in Brussels organised bailouts against their will.

Jamie Wilson tweeted: “And there we have it.

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“If you wanted clear proof of why the UK was right to leave the EU, this is it.

“Wanting to put 10’s of billions of € onto the national debt of some member states without a veto, or permission of member states (and their citizens) is madness. They never learn.”

Another Twitter user commented: “Democracy also has to hold people accountable, usually by voting those at fault out.

“But oh that’s right the people of the EU don’t get a vote, they’re [European Commission] elected by parliament. No manifesto or real scrutiny.

“That’s why the UK decided to leave and you still don’t get it.”

A third added: “That would swiftly lead to member states looking to leave the union.

“What is a majority? France + Germany and a few minor countries.”

The EU’s economy contracted by 0.4 percent of GDP during the first three months of 2021 as new lockdown rules were imposed.

EU members are struggling as a result of a sluggish coronavirus vaccination programme when jabs were first distributed and saw states lag significantly behind the UK.
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