Lord Heseltine humiliation as Remainer's WW2 Brexit link rubbished: ‘We’ve ...

LORD HESELTINE's comparison of the Brexit deal with the Treaty of Versailles that led to World War 2 was rubbished by a political expert who told Express.co.uk it was a "novel" take on the situation.

PUBLISHED: 18:57, Sat, Jan 2, 2021 | UPDATED: 19:11, Sat, Jan 2, 2021

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The UK completed its formal separation from the European Union on Thursday, marking an end to four years of back-and-forth negotiations between Westminster and Brussels. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his EU counterpart, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, agreed on an eleventh-hour trade deal on Christmas eve after weeks of eyeballing one another. Many have noted that the intense squabbles and bickering between those who voted Remain and Leave in the historic 2016 vote would now come to an end.


Lord Heseltine, the former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister under John Major and arch-Remainer, however, has refused to give up the fight.

In the waning days of 2020, he wrote a piece for the i newspaper, in which he compared the Brexit deal with the Treaty of Versailles, the agreement which brought the World War 1 to an end, but effectively marked the beginning of the short road to WW2, as Germany became squeezed and weak by its European counterparts.

Lord Heseltine quoted the French General, Marshal Foch, who said of the Treaty: "This is not peace, this is an armistice for 20 years."

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The Tory Lord, as he has several times before, argued that future generations of Britain will "come to resent this country’s marginalisation in the corridors of European power".

Lord Heseltine: The staunch Remainer compared the Brexit deal to the Treaty of VersaillesLord Heseltine: The staunch Remainer compared the Brexit deal to the Treaty of Versailles (Image: GETTY)

Boris Johnson: The PM secured a trade deal with the EU after four years of negotiationsBoris Johnson: The PM secured a trade deal with the EU after four years of negotiations (Image: GETTY)

He concluded that: "We will hold the Brexiteers to account – a new generation will seek to re-join the EU.

"That is where British self-interest can be best served."

His comments have piqued much interest.

Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University, told Express.co.uk that while the politician "has a valid point" in the trade agreement being far from the final say on the UK's relationship with the EU, his comparison with the historic Versailles Treaty was "novel" and ironic.

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He said: "The deal was, after all, a mutually agreed compromise rather than, like Versailles, a punitive treaty imposed by the victors on the vanquished.

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"In any case, I think many of us have had enough of hearing tired old Second World War analogies from the Leave Side.

"I'm not sure Remainers suddenly talking about the First World War, however novel, is much of an improvement."

Lord Heseltine's past four years have been characterised by his certainty that the UK will eventually rejoin the EU.

His beliefs were so strong that he took the unprecedented step of urging voters to

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