A Tory MP has called on more nations to quit the EU
Conservative Daniel Kawczynski mocked Brussels over its repeated failures on issues including migration and economic stagnation, and said its form of supranational governance was a relic of the past.
In a passionate intervention the backbencher called for a return to friendly relations between independent countries and “prayed” that others to quit the bloc in the near future including Poland, where he was born.
The MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham made the remarks during a panel discussion in London last night, at which he locked horns with two other prominent Tories over future British policy on international relations.
Mr Kawczynski, who backed Brexit, appeared alongside Remain backing MPs Andrew Mitchell and Graham Evans at the event, which was organised by the respected Bow Group conservative think tank.
Daniel Kawczynski said the EU is 'dead and buried'
He urged the country of his birth, Poland, to be the next to quit the bloc
During a discussion on Theresa May’s vision for a “global Britain”, he told the audience: “Getting bilateral relations right is already very complicated, and that’s why the era of supranational government like the EU is dead and buried.
“And that’s why I hope there will be other countries to leave the EU, and I hope and pray that my home country Poland will follow Britain out of the EU.”
Citing calamities such as Brussels’ shambolic response to the migrant crisis, he added: “It’s impossible to get 28 countries with different perspectives and priorities to come to a consensus.
“The EU has the opposite of the Midas touch and we need to get back to bilateral relations, one on one.”
The EU has the opposite of the Midas touch
Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski
Opinion polling carried out by Lord Ashcroft’s company in early 2016 showed that support for retaining EU membership is strong in Poland, with 67 per cent backing Remain and 27 per cent wanting to quit.
In response Mr Mitchell, the former International Development Secretary, said he understood the public anger that had fuelled the votes for Brexit and Donald Trump, attributing the results to “a generation of middle class white folk who believe for the first time in generations that their children are going to be less well off than them”.
He said: “The division in British politics now is no longer left or right it’s those who are nationalist and those who are internationalist. Narrow nationalism is on the march now from Moscow to Cairo.
“I voted to Remain not really because of domestic issues but because I believe most of the big problems, terror, protectionism, migration, climate change, will require more international and less national to deal with them.”
He added: “I hope that Britain will discover a new role in the world which is less to do with the US and more standing up for the UN, as we’re not going to do an expeditionary war again I suspect ever.”
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And Mr Evans, who described himself as a “reluctant Remainer”, said he had only backed Britain’s continued membership of the Brussels bloc because he felt it boosted the UK’s defence and security operations.
Talking about the situation in Aleppo, he added: “In light of Brexit Britain must step up and not away from our global responsibilities and Syria is one of those responsibilities. If we don’t shape events in the world then events will shape us.”
The trio made their remarks hours before the prime minister jetted out to Washington DC to become the first world leader to officially meet new US President Donald Trump in what has been described as a major coup for Britain.
Mr Trump has vowed to strike a new trade deal with the UK as soon as possible and has made it plain that he will prioritise the special relationship above ties with the rest of Europe, in stark contrast to predecessor Barack Obama.