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Wallstrom: I ‘cannot forgive’ UK for Brexit

Margot Wallström calls the exit ‘a historical mistake’ that’s ‘created a problem for all of us.’

Jan 30

11:35
2019

Margot Wallström, Sweden's foreign minister and a former European Commission vice president, lashed out today at Britain's political class over its handling of the country's EU exit.

“I cannot forgive them for this," Wallström said of Brexit.

She called Britain's approach to the issue "dangerous" and "badly handled," adding "I just think that they've made such a historical mistake and they've really created a problem for all of us."

Her comments, at a foreign policy conference in Helsinki, reflect a trend of increasingly harsh rhetoric from European politicians about their British counterparts.

The minister — a social democrat — stressed to the audience that all of Europe will pay a price for Brexit.

“Our political project, the European Union, will suffer from this immensely and that has to be fully understood,” she said.

“You know what? This is because of bad political leadership since a very long time in the U.K. I saw with all my years from the European Commission ... there was nobody who would defend their [U.K.] EU membership,” Wallström added.

“You should not promise referenda if you don't prepare them properly," she said, a reference to the need for informed debate.