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Xavier Bettel says Britain can still say 'we love you' to EU
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Xavier Bettel says Britain can still say 'we love you' to EU

10.03.2017 From our online archive
The Luxembourg Prime Minister described triggering Article 50 as a "procedure of divorce" but said British people may still say "we love you that much that we are not able to conclude that divorce".

(HP) Xavier Bettel has said Britain could still undo the UK's political divorce with the European Union and say "we love you".

The Luxembourg Prime Minister claimed Britain could still reverse Article 50 after it has been triggered.

Describing triggering Article 50 as a "procedure of divorce" he claimed Britain could turn round and say "we love you" to the EU and stop the procedure.

Mr Bettel said to the British newspaper The Independent: "We are waiting for Article 50, I won’t do speculation, but it’s a procedure of divorce ... now they ask for the divorce, we wait for the letter to confirm that they want a divorce, then we start the procedure of divorce.

“Maybe during the procedure of divorce they will say ‘we love you that much that we are not able to conclude that divorce’."

He added that he felt the referendum held in June last year was launched for political reasons and had been a mistake.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is due to trigger Article 50 later this month but if an agreement has not been reached it would still be triggered but without future trading arrangements in place.

Mr Bettel's comment comes after politicians have clashed over whether Article 50 can be reversed.