A German MP has infuriated Britain’s Brexit voters by stating the UK will never leave the EU just 48 hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson prorogued Parliament in order to do so. Jürgen Hardt, also a member of the Bundestag, also demanded the UK do everything in its power to “avoid a hard Brexit” and even said should Mr Johnson not accept Brussels’ deal, he will “fail like his predecessors”. Mr Hardt, first referring to the Queen’s agreement to shut down Parliament, said: “As a member of the German Bundestag, we are rubbing our eyes in disbelief about the things that are apparently possible in the model country of parliamentary democracy. The debate among the members of the House of Commons and the outrage of the people on the street show that in the 21st century people’s representatives should not be treated this way.”
He also gave his opinion on what he believed would happen next, adding it would be “impossible” for the UK to leave.
He said: “The developments over the past three years and the failure of Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May have shown that it is almost impossible to get out of the EU in a way, which is reasonably in line with the expectations of UK citizens and parliamentarians.
“For Boris Johnson, there is only one chance to survive politically: he has to find a way out of the Brexit project.
“Otherwise, he would be punished by the voters at the latest at the next election.
Germany has mocked the British democratic vote on Brexit
“That’s why I expect some surprises in the coming weeks.”
He said he expected Mr Johnson to bank first in his battle with the EU.
He said: “I do not expect that it will come to a hard Brexit. I still doubt that there will be a British EU exit at all.
“There are now a number of possible options: Parliament could still accept the Brexit Treaty as it is. I think that’s unlikely.
A German MP has infuriated Britain’s Brexit voters by stating the UK will never leave
“The UK Government could propose treaty amendments that will be supported in Brussels. That too is unlikely. Johnson himself could withdraw the petition for Brexit, along with the announcement to immediately reinstate it. He would be the only prime minister who could credibly assure the British people that a withdrawal from a hard Brexit would not automatically mean the project was abandoned.
“I trust that Britain’s political system will eventually find a way to avoid a hard Brexit.
“Boris Johnson will have to follow this path – or fail like his predecessors.”
The remarks come as Remainers scramble to stop a no deal Brexit despite Scottish courts today slapping them down.
Former Prime Minister John Major has even teamed up with arch Remainer Gina Miller
A cross-party alliance are forced to move quickly to prevent a no deal Brexit as the suspension of Parliament has increased the pressure of the situation.
Oliver Letwin, Philip Hammond, Keir Starmer and Nick Brown are leading the Remainer alliance, along with backing from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson and Green Party leader Caroline Lucas.
Anna Soubry, of Change UK, is also involved.
All opposition leaders demanded a meeting with the Queen hours after Mr Johnson requested she back his plan to shut down Parliament.
The remarks come as Remainers scramble to stop a no deal Brexit
Former Prime Minister John Major has even teamed up with arch Remainer Gina Miller and Tony Blair to launch a legal bid to stop the move.
This came despite Mr Major conspicuously failing to mention he was accused of proroguing Parliament during his time in Downing Street.
As Prime Minister, he suppressed a “cash for questions” report that was catapulted to the heart of the year’s general election campaign.
Two Tory MPs were accused of taking money to ask questions in the House of Commons which eventually led to Parliament initiating an official inquiry, led by Sir Gordon Downey.
The move to prorogue Parliament has sparked protests
Sir Gordon began his investigation in 1997, but before he published his report, the Parliamentary session was ended for a general election.
Two days after calling for the dissolution of Parliament, Mr Major was challenged in the Commons by Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes.
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.