European commentators reacted stunned last week when they heard Mr. Nigel Farage stating that perhaps a second referendum would be in order on Brexit, as the former leader of the UK Independence Party who many consider being the person responsible for Brexit declared that such a second vote would certainly "kill off the issue for a generation once and for all."
Even though British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office was quick to declare the idea as ‘silly’, newspapers in Britain picked up on it as polls show more and more Britons are seeing the benefits of staying in the EU.
And now, the European President Donald Tusk has made the stance on the continent very clear when he declared that "Brexit will become a reality, with all its negative consequences, in March next year, unless there is a change of heart among our British friends,"
"We here on the continent haven't had a change of heart. Our hearts are still open to you."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Unless there is a change of heart among our British friends, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Brexit?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Brexit</a> will become a reality – with all its negative consequences - March next year. We, here on the continent, haven’t had a change of heart. Our hearts are still open for you.</p>— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) <a href="https://twitter.com/eucopresident/status/953190235948666880?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Others were quick to stop that train in its tracks though, as a spokesman for UK Prime Minister Theresa May commented on Mr. Tusk’s Tweet, saying: "I think we've been absolutely clear, the British public voted to leave the European Union and that is what we will be doing".
And in the European Parliament itself, Mr. Manfred Weber, the leader of the European People's Party said: "My message to London is: please don't complain anymore. Please stop complaining. Please deliver. Give us an outlook about what you want to achieve for the future relationship."