Well that escalated quickly

PUBLISHED: 13:57 07 April 2017

We knew it was going to be bad. But even the most pessimistic among us perhaps gave it a bit longer than a few days after the triggering of Article 50 before the prospect of war with an erstwhile European friend was raised.

Such loose talk over Gibraltar from powerful figures in the Brexiteer brigade shows just why we fear so much for this country in the coming negotiations. And it is another reminder of why we have to keep up the fight for common sense and a complete rethink.

Much more to be expected was the latest juvenile tantrum from Nigel Farage, comparing the EU to “mafia gangsters” in a speech to the European Parliament. But if Farage is such a student of mafia politics, he should have taken the advice of Michael Corleone: “Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.”

Given the government’s unyielding Brexit strategy and the warrior rhetoric of its hyperactive supporters, this is advice that could do with a wider airing. Otherwise, this is going to be a very vicious two years indeed.

Thanks once more for your support. As always, we welcome your feedback. Get in touch: letters@theneweuropean.co.uk

From all at The New European

You've seen the news, now discover the story

The New European is committed to providing in-depth analysis of the Brexit process, its implications and progress as well as celebrating European life.

Try 13 weeks for £13

Support The New European's vital role as a voice for the 48%

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

  • Become a friend of The New European for a contribution of £48. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish)
  • Become a partner of The New European for a contribution of £240. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook
  • Become a patron of The New European for a contribution of £480. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook and an A3 print of The New European front cover of your choice, signed by Editor Matt Kelly

By proceeding, you agree to the New Europeans supporters club Terms & Conditions which can be found here.



Supporter Options

Mention Me in The New European



If Yes, Name to appear in The New European



Latest Articles

ANTI-BREXIT EVENTS

Grassroots anti-Brexit campaigners are increasing the pressure on politicians ahead of a series of important votes this year. Here is a list of the events organised across Britain in the coming weeks and months.

Trending

Newsletter Sign Up

The New European weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy