Open letter to the citizens of the United Kingdom

Gepostet in Allgemein am 14. Januar 2019

Dear citizens of the United Kingdom

As friends of your country, we are looking with growing anxiety at the unfolding of Brexit disaster that will be harmful for both Britain and Europe. We are reluctant to intervene in your domestic politics, but we cannot help but notice that the opinion polls show a growing number of voters who want an opportunity to re-consider the Brexit decision, now that it is clear that Brexit is very different to the promises made by the Leave campaign nearly three years ago.

Nevertheless we regret the decision made by the British people we understand the need to respect it. Leaving without a deal would be a disaster for everyone involved – UK and EU citizens alike. Any British decision to remain in the EU would be warmly welcomed by us and we would work with you to reform and improve the European Union, so that it works better in the interests of all citizens.

Indeed, should the UK decide to withdraw the article 50 letter received by the President of the European Council, then we as Members of the European Parliament would support it. We have greatly appreciated the enormous impact British politicians and citizens have contributed to the European project over the last 40 years. We would miss the extraordinary expertise of our British colleagues.

We ask you to reconsider to leave our Union in the interest of the next generation of young people, British and Europeans, who will lose out on the opportunities of living, loving and working together. Brexit will weaken all of us. We want you to stay. Together, we are stronger and together we can build a stronger Europe.

 

Signees:

  • Maria Arena, S&D, Belgium
  • Laima Andrikiene, EPP, Lithuania
  • Petras Auštrevicius, ALDE, Lithuania
  • Georges Bach, EPP, Luxembourg
  • Wim van de Camp, EPP, Netherlands
  • Birgit Collin-Langen, EPP, Germany
  • Thierry Cornillet, ALDE, France
  • Clara Eugenia Aguilera García, S&D, Spain
  • Éric Andrieu, S&D, France
  • Margrete Auken, Greens, Denmark
  • Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea, ALDE, Spain
  • Brando Benifei, S&D, Italy
  • Pervenche Berès, S&D, France
  • Franc Bogovic, EPP, Slovenia
  • Michal Boni, EPP, Poland
  • Mercedes Bresso, S&D, Italy
  • Elmar Brok, EPP, Germany
  • Udo Bullman, S&D, Germany
  • Rainer Bütikofer, Greens, Germany
  • Daniel Caspary, EPP, Germany
  • Silvia Costa, S&D, Italy
  • Mady Delvaux-Stehres, S&D, Luxembourg
  • Christian Ehler, EPP, Germany
  • Tanja Fajon, S&D, Slovenia
  • José Inácio Faria, EPP, Portugal
  • Fredrick Federley, ALDE, Sweden
  • Karl-Heinz Florenz, EPP, Germany
  • Eugen Freund, S&D, Austria
  • Aleksander Gabelic, S&D, Sweden
  • Michael Gahler, EPP, Germany
  • Evelyne Gebhardt, S&D, Germany
  • Stefan Gehrold, EPP, Germany
  • Jens Geier, S&D, Germany
  • Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg, S&D, Poland
  • Sven Giegold, Greens, Germany
  • Jens Gieseke, EPP, Germany
  • Karine Gloanec Maurin, S&D, France
  • Ana Maria Gomes, S&D, Portugal
  • Maria Grapini, S&D, Romania
  • Karoline Graswander-Hainz, S&D, Austria
  • Ingeborg Gräßle, EPP, Germany
  • Enrique Guerrero Salom, S&D, Spain
  • Sylvie Guillaume, S&D, France
  • Jytte Guteland, S&D, Sweden
  • Marian Harkin, ALDE, Ireland
  • Rebecca Harms, Greens, Germany
  • Martin Häusling, Greens, Germany
  • Anna Hedh, S&D, Sweden
  • Maria Heubuch, Greens, Germany
  • Gunnar Hökmark, EPP, Sweden
  • Peter Jahr, EPP, Germany
  • Benedek Jávor, Greens, Hungary
  • Petr Ježek, ALDE, Czechia
  • Agnes Jongerius, S&D, Netherlands
  • Petra Kammerevert, S&D, Germany
  • Karin Kadenbach, S&D, Austria
  • Eva Kaili, S&D, Greece
  • Dietmar Köster, S&D, Germany
  • Jeppe Kofod, S&D, Denmark
  • Peter Kouroumbashev, S&D, Bulgaria
  • Andrej Kowatschew, EPP, Bulgaria
  • Constanze Krehl, S&D, Germany
  • Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, S&D, Finland
  • Miltiadis Kyrkos, S&D, Greece
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk, ALDE, Bulgaria
  • Philippe Lamberts, Greens, Belgium
  • Werner Langen, EPP, Germany
  • Jo Leinen, S&D, Germany
  • Boguslaw Liberadzki, S&D, Poland
  • Peter Liese, EPP, Germany
  • Norbert Lins, EPP, Germany
  • Olle Ludvigsson, S&D, Sweden
  • Andrejs Mamikins, S&D, Latvia
  • Lukas Mandl, EPP, Austria
  • Thomas Mann, EPP, Germany
  • Florent Marcellesi, Greens, Spain
  • António Marinho e Pinto, ALDE, Portugal
  • Gesine Meissner, ALDE, Germany
  • Tilly Metz, Greens, Luxembourg
  • Miroslavs Mitrofanovs, Greens, Latvia
  • Marlene Mizzi, S&D, Malta
  • Angelika Mlinar, ALDE, Austria
  • Csaba Molnár, S&D, Hungary
  • Momchil Nekov, S&D, Bulgaria
  • Norbert Neuser, S&D, Germany
  • Dan Nica, S&D, Romania
  • Angelika Niebler, EPP, Germany
  • Péter Niedermüller, S&D, Hungary
  • Ivari Padar, S&D, Estonia
  • Maite Pagazaurtundúa, ALDE, Spain
  • Pier Antonio Panzeri, S&D, Italy
  • Emilian Pavel, S&D, Romania
  • Morten Helveg Petersen, ALDE, Denmark
  • Markus Pieper, EPP, Germany
  • Georgi Pirinski, S&D, Bulgaria
  • Pavel Poc, S&D, Czechia
  • Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, EPP, Germany
  • Dennis Radtke, EPP, Germany
  • Jozo Radoš, ALDE, Croatia
  • Evelyn Regner, S&D, Austria
  • Terry Reintke, Greens, Germany
  • Christine Revault d’Allonnes-Bonnefoy, S&D, France
  • Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero, S&D, Spain
  • Paul Rübig, EPP, Austria
  • Manuel dos Santos, S&D, Portugal
  • Judith Sargentini, Greens, Netherlands
  • Petri Sarvamaa, EPP, Finland
  • Elly Schlein, S&D, Italy
  • Sven Schulze, EPP, Germany
  • Joachim Schuster, S&D, Germany
  • Ricardo Serrão Santos, S&D, Portugal
  • Peter Simon, S&D, Germany
  • Davor Škrlec, Greens, Croatia
  • Monika Smolková, S&D, Slovakia
  • Bart Staes, Greens, Belgium
  • Sergei Stanishev, S&D, Bulgaria
  • Ivan Štefanec, EPP, Slovakia
  • Andreas Schwab, EPP, Germany
  • Jordi Solé, Greens, Spain
  • Renate Sommer, EPP, Germany
  • Tibor Szanyi, S&D, Hungary
  • Paul Tang, S&D, Netherlands
  • Róza Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein, EPP, Poland
  • Isabelle Thomas, S&D, France
  • Yana Toom, ALDE, Estonia
  • Patrizia Toia, S&D, Italy
  • Tonino Picula, S&D, Croatia
  • Claudiu-Ciprian Tanasescu, S&D, Romania
  • Nils Torvalds, ALDE, Finland
  • Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, ALDE, Spain
  • Helga Trüpel, Greens, Germany
  • Marita Ulvskog, S&D, Sweden
  • Ernest Urtasun, Greens, Spain
  • Ivo Vajgl, ALDE, Slovenia
  • Monika Vana, Greens, Austria
  • Tom Vandenkendelaere, EPP, Belgium
  • Kathleen Van Brempt, S&D, Belgium
  • Sophie in ’t Veld, ALDE, Netherlands
  • Sabine Verheyen, EPP, Germany
  • Renate Weber, ALDE, Romania
  • Josef Weidenholzer, S&D, Austria
  • Martina Werner, S&D, Germany
  • Cecilia Wikström, ALDE, Sweden
  • Anna Záborská, EPP, Slovakia
  • Boris Zala, S&D, Slovakia
  • Maria Gabriela Zoana, S&D, Romania
  • Carlos Zorrinho, S&D, Portugal