Published On: Thu, May 21st, 2020

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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 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 pandemic, he added: “Hopefully, the 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.”

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