The Finnish MEP debated the issue with Polish MEP Radek Sikorsky on Sky News as the news of an agreement reached between the UK and the EU on a Brexit deal was announced. Mr Sikorsky claimed the new agreement was good news for Northern Ireland as the country would now benefit from both memberships to the EU and continuing to receive subsidies from the UK at the same time. But he added the whole process and the struggle to reach an agreement earlier in the negotiations would work as a deterrent for anti-EU forces in the bloc.
He said: “This is very good for the EU because the mess in Britain is a deterrent for other Europhobes who now begin to understand that being Europhobic has consequences and leads to that.
“And this is not something that is desirable.”
But the hopeful claim was promptly dismantled by the Finnish MEP who argued that in the event that a Brexit extension was only given upon the condition of a second referendum - should MPs in the Commons reject the proposal - Europhobic sentiments in the rest of the EU would ramp-up.
Ms Huhtasaari said: “Actually, quite the opposite.
“I think the EU democracy is all about if the vote result is wrong then we have to have a new referendum.
“If we really want to respect the people and the people’s vote, we support the deal and we support that they leave the European Union.”
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Brexit news: Finnish MEP Laura Huhtasaari warns frustrating Brexit deal will ramp-up europhobics (Image: SKY)
Finnish MEP Laura Huhtasaari (Image: SKY)
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced Brussels had finally reached an agreement with the UK ahead of the EU summit.
He tweeted: "Where there is a will there is a £deal - we have one! It's a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is a testament to our commitment to find solutions.
"I recommend that £EUCO endorses this deal."
In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, Mr Juncker wrote: "While I deeply regret the outcome of the referendum of 23 June 2016, I continue to believe that the European Union is best served by an orderly and amicable withdrawal of the United Kingdom from our Union.