Donald Tusk has stepped in and made a stand for the “increasing majority” of British people who want to cancel Brexit and stay in EU.
In a rousing intervention, the European council president praised those who marched in the capital and to the millions who signed the petition to revoke article 50.
Speaking to the European parliament, Tusk said: “Let me make one personal remark to the members of this parliament. Before the European council, I said that we should be open to a long extension if the UK wishes to rethink its Brexit strategy, which would of course mean the UK’s participation in the European parliament elections. And then there were voices saying that this would be harmful or inconvenient to some of you.
“Let me be clear: such thinking is unacceptable. You cannot betray the 6 million people who signed the petition to revoke article 50, the 1 million people who marched for a people’s vote, or the increasing majority of people who want to remain in the European Union”
Tusk received some hecles from Ukip MEPs in the room, but he continued: “They may feel that they are not sufficiently represented by the UK Parliament, but they must feel that they are represented by you in this chamber. Because they are Europeans.”