Brexit: 'We need to stop characterising Europe as an enemy', says Open Britain

Brexit: 'We need to stop characterising Europe as an enemy', says Open Britain

Open Britain says Europe should not be seen as an enemy

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Campaign group Open Britain is calling for Europe to stop being characterised as an enemy by people in the UK.

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has said that British people are being offered an “unreal and over-optimistic” vision of Brexit. He has also called for "more charm and a lot less cheap rhetoric" from the Government.

Co-executive director James McGrory told Julia Hartley-Brewer that he thinks "Theresa May’s rhetoric has been OK," but the negotiation will be hard because "both sides are going to need to feel that they’ve got something."

However, some in Europe are annoyed "by some of the rhetoric used" suggesting the UK will keep all good parts of the EU and not the bad parts.

McGrory believes there are people in Government and "large parts of the media" who "characterise people in Europe as the enemy," which isn't helping the situation. But Julia argued that Brexiteers "don't hate Europe" and the idea that they do is "in the Remainers heads."

Listen to the full interview above