Brexit regret as Germans warn UK's departure a heavy blow: 'Bells are tolling!'

BREXIT will be a heavy blow for the UK and the "bells are tolling" for efforts to stop a "dominant European superpower", sneering German commentators claim.

PUBLISHED: 16:23, Fri, Jan 8, 2021 | UPDATED: 17:15, Fri, Jan 8, 2021

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The Brexit trade deal, signed after arduous negotiations, was greeted with relief in both Brussels and London last month. However, while the EU and the UK have both expressed the need for a strong partnership across the Channel – sledging has already resumed as European media warn the UK will lose out as a result of Brexit. Editor of German magazine Der Spiegel, Markus Becker, said Brexit will be a heavy blow to the UK while boasting that the EU will enjoy more freedom.

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He said: “The EU will be freer to take the steps it needs to take in order to assert itself against the USA and China – because it is running out of time to do so.

“Great Britain, on the other hand, might need Brexit to realise how small the bit part it will play on the world stage will really be.”

Mr Becker also argued that the UK never truly saw itself as a part of Europe.

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He continued: “Many politicians and citizens in Great Britain do not perceive themselves to be Europeans among many other Europeans.

“And Great Britain does not think of itself as one European country among many, but a very special or even chosen one.

“Of course, not all Britons think like that. But sadly they are not the ones currently in charge. That is why their country’s departure from the EU is not an unreasonable development."

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Spanish newspaper, El Pais, claimed that Britain had tried to prevent a "European superpower" but ultimately failed.

It said: “Bells are tolling for the ‘divide and conquer’ tactics London used for centuries to block the emergence of a dominant European power."

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