MEPs pen letter urging UK to reconsider Brexit

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MEPs have signed an impassioned letter to the British public asking them to reconsider their decision to leave the European Union.

The message, organised by Austrian MEP Josef Weidenholzer and signed by 129 colleagues, says they believe there is support for a second referendum as they have “growing anxiety at the unfolding of Brexit disaster”.

It says: “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 reconsider 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.”

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The representatives, including people from the conservative, liberal, socialist and green groups, say: “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.”

The letter says the EU has benefited from contributions by Britain from both its people and politicians.

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It comes as MPs are due to vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal which they are expected to reject on Tuesday.

The letter goes on: “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.

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“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.”

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