Great Britain is really great

BrexitNow is Great Britain Out out the EU

Now it's official: Britain and the EU have split up. A year ago, EU politician Irina von Wiese said that Brexit was a suicide company. What's next now?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is happy: Brexit is over, the EU and Great Britain have broken off. France and Scotland, on the other hand, regret this step.

"This is an amazing moment for this country. We have our freedom in our hands."
Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister on Brexit

For Irina von Wiese, this is anything but a great moment. She is a lawyer and sat for the Liberal Democrats in the EU Parliament. She tried to prevent Brexit.

Von Wiese and her pro-European colleagues did not make it: "This is the moment when the United Kingdom will feel the economic and political consequences of the exit."

"This is the moment when the UK will feel the economic and political consequences of leaving."
Irina von Wiese, Liberal Democrats

In her view, Britain will lose connection to the world stage with Brexit, at a worst possible time: The country has been hard hit by the corona pandemic. Tougher than any other European country, she says: "Really only Boris Johnson can call this 'great'."

Brexit agreement: "There is little to praise."

At least there was still a Brexit agreement between Great Britain and the EU in the final spurt. Many no longer expected that there would be an agreement between the two parties.

Irina von Wiese is happy and relieved about it, but: "There is little to praise." But the deal would hardly make good what Britain would have lost with full EU membership.

"The corona pandemic has resulted in many people saying: International cooperation is important!"
Irina von Wiese, Liberal Democrats

The politician is worried about the future, she fears chaos, the United Kingdom could fall apart as a result of Brexit: "I wish with all my heart that I am wrong with my pessimistic prognosis." In the long run, there is only one way for them: back to the European Union.

"For me the best way would be to convince our own constituents that membership is a big loss," says Irina von Wiese. And the trust of the European partners must be rebuilt.