Yesterday he was at it again, tweeting a picture of the cover of his 2005 book, and commenting: “15 years ago, I wrote The United States of Europe – calling for a Hamilton moment in European politics so that Europe can finance itself properly and can be more than the sum of its parts.” In an apparent reference to a proposal by France and Germany to create a £500billion rescue fund to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, he added: “Hopefully, the Macron-Merkel proposal will deliver this historic leap forward.”
However, his comment was given short shrift by many fellow Twitter users.
Allie Jay said: “All I can say to that is THANK GOD we have left.”
Ernie Warrender added: “So much for the lies we were consistently fed ‘Oh it’s just an Economic Community’.
Graham Topping commented: “Well, that went well @guyverhofstadt. You’ve lost one of the EU’s largest contributors…
“Might as well have called it what it really was – The EUSSR…You cannot have a Federal Europe… It didn’t work for Russia…”
Another user added: “If there was ever a tweet that demonstrated why the British are better off out, then this is surely it.”
And, another Twitter user simply replied to Belgian national Mr Verhofstadt with one word: “NEXIT!”
Mr Verhofstadt’s book was awarded the first Europe Book Prize, organised by the EU-sponsored cultural association Esprit d’Europe and backed by Jacques Delors, former President of the European Commission.
He once again outlined his vision for Europe during a speech at the Liberal Democrats’ annual conference last year.
He said: “In the world order of tomorrow, the world order of tomorrow is not a world order based on nation states or countries, it’s a world order that is based on Empires, China is not a nation, it’s a civilisation.”
Mr Verhofstadt courted controversy at last year’s Liberal Democrat party conference when he appeared to suggest the EU was an “empire”.
He said: “The world of tomorrow is a world of empires, in which we Europeans and you British can only defend your interests, your way of life by doing it together in a European framework and a European Union.”