Fabricant calls Remainers ‘pessimistic sorts’ in Brexit speech
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And the Tory MP for Lichfield also said other countries regretted the loss of Britain because it acted as a “counterweight” to the federalist ambitions of France and Germany. Mr Fabricant was speaking after Mr Maas yesterday said the EU should abolish the right of individual member states to veto foreign policy measures as the 27-nation bloc could not allow itself to be “held hostage”.
It looks as if we left the EU just in time
However, for Mr Fabricant, a staunch supporter of the UK’s decision to leave, Mr Maas’ remarks were indicative of a desire to quell dissent.
Having shared his thoughts on Twitter, he subsequently told Express.co.uk: “It looks as if we left the EU just in time.
“The few opportunities there were to veto the least palatable items of legislation might soon be gone as the EU inexorably trundles down the path towards federalism. Thank heavens we left!”
Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor, and Tory MP Michael Fabricant (Image: GETTY)
Heiko Maas, Germany’s Foreign Minister (Image: PA)
Mr Fabricant also had some sympathy for countries which remained within the EU that could no longer rely on Britain to act as a bulwark against federalism.
He said: “I know there will be some countries in the EU who regret our leaving not because of the multi-billion pound contribution we gave but because they believed we were a counterweight to the Franco-German lust for a single state in Europe.”
Speaking during a conference of Germany’s ambassadors in Berlin, Mr Maas said: “We can’t let ourselves be held hostage by the people who hobble European foreign policy with their vetoes.
Michael Fabricant is the MP for Lichfield (Image: GETTY)
“If you do that then sooner or later you are risking the cohesion of Europe.
“The veto has to go, even if that means we can be outvoted.”
Mr Maas’ comments amount to a rebuke of Hungary, which blocked an EU statement in April criticising China’s new security law in Hong Kong, hence undermining EU efforts to confront Beijing’s restrictions of freedoms in the former British colony.
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Michael Fabricant’s tweet (Image: Twitter)
Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary (Image: GETTY)
Also on Monday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban claimed the European left, spearheaded by Germany, was attacking his country because of “its refusal to sign a politically inconsequential and frivolous joint declaration on Hong Kong”.
Such declarations made the EU look like a “pathetic paper tiger,” Mr Orban wrote on his official website.
He added: “There must be an end to the preoccupation in Brussels with concocting and flaunting declarations.
EU budget factions mapped (Image: Express)
“In recent years this common foreign policy approach, motivated by domestic political considerations, has led to the European Union’s foreign policy stance becoming a laughing stock.”
He said the EU’s foreign policy should be decided by heads of states and governments instead of what he termed bureaucrats, citing the latest meeting of the European Council regarding Russia as a positive example.
He explained: “As far as Europe’s policy on China is concerned, we believe that we must prevent the re-emergence of Cold War policies and culture in world politics.”
Brexit in Express front pages (Image: Express)
Last month, Budapest opted to refuse to ratify a new EU trade and development accord with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
Hungary also declined support for an EU call for a ceasefire in violence between Israel and the Palestinians.
Under Mr Orban, Hungary has pursued closer ties with China, most recently agreeing to host a foreign campus of a Chinese university in Budapest despite widespread protests.