In an uncontested coronation, the outgoing European Council chief will likely be handed the continued capacity to affect the bloc’s decision-making processes after stepping down from his high Brussels job. The EPP’s annual congress has lengthy been on the coronary heart of EU policymaking with lots of the group’s senior politicians seated in high positions throughout the Continent, corresponding to Germany’s Angela Merkel, the European Fee’s Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier, and Eire’s Leo Varadkar. Mr Tusk will change France’s Joseph Daul, who climbed the political ladder through the mad cow illness disaster and later turned a member of the European Parliament.
Opening the door to his return to EU politics, the previous Polish prime minister declared he wouldn’t run within the home presidential race in Might 2020.
Arguably, he has used his place on the high of the Brussels pyramid to assist Remainers of their bid to reverse Brexit.
In a latest speech on the School of Europe, Mr Tusk urged Britons to make use of the upcoming normal election to cease the nation’s departure from the EU.
The outspoken Brexit critic stated: “I wish to inform you one thing I wouldn’t have dared to say just a few months in the past, as I might be fired for being too frank.
“The UK election takes place in a single month. Can issues nonetheless be rotated? Hannah Arendt taught that issues turn out to be irreversible solely when individuals begin to assume so.
“So the only words that come to my mind today are simply: don’t give up. In this match, we have already had added time, now we are in extra time, perhaps it will even go to penalties?”
Mr Tusk’s feedback marked a breakaway from the same old coverage of EU leaders, who usually refuse to turn out to be drawn into home political debates throughout election durations.
As EU Council president, he helped the bloc’s leaders co-ordinate their Brexit technique. He usually used his place to push for prolonged delays to Britain’s departure within the hope of creating a second referendum a actuality.
And because the chief of EPP, Mr Tusk will assist kind the dialogue on how the political bloc’s leaders will reply to future Brexit negotiations.
Throughout his School of Europe speech, he stated the UK would turn out to be an “outsider, a second-rate player” after leaving the EU.
“I have heard repeatedly from Brexiters that they wanted to leave the European Union to make the United Kingdom great again, believing that only alone, it can truly be great,” he stated.
“You could hear in these voices a longing for the empire. But the reality is exactly the opposite.”
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He went on: “Solely as a part of a united Europe can the UK play a worldwide function, solely collectively can we confront, with none complexes, the best powers of this world.
“In reality, I can say the identical about Germany or France. And the world is aware of it. I’ve heard the identical in India, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa; that after its departure, the UK will turn out to be an outsider, a second-rate participant, whereas the principle battlefield will likely be occupied by China, the US and the EU.
“‘Why are they doing this?’ – I was asked this regretful question everywhere I went. One of my English friends is probably right when he says with melancholy that Brexit is the real end of the British empire.”
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