Brexit: Barnier says question will divide UK for ‘years to come’
An internal document, seen by this website, shows the bloc is preparing to target the “younger generation” in the UK because of perceived support for the Brussels project. According to the blueprint, the European Parliament will maintain its office in London to orchestrate the spread of pro-EU propaganda across the country. The secretive Bureau, of powerful MEPs, have decided to “maintain its presence in the UK, notably through the retention of the London Office”.
Brussels officials will “continue to engage with British citizens as well as the EU27 citizens living in the country,” according to the note.
“To this end, Parliament’s activities include a liaison function with national and regional authorities, media relations and outreach to citizens and stakeholders.”
Klaus Welle, the EU Parliament’s secretary-general, outlined the need to specifically target pro-Brussels citizens in Britain.
His memo adds: “With reference to citizen and stakeholder communication and outreach, the Office will focus its actions on the and foster contacts with the millions of EU27 national what exercised their right of free movement to come to the UK and now find themselves in a third country.
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“And with UK citizens, especially the younger generation, of whom 71 percent voted to remain in the EU.”
It was pointed out to MEPs on the Bureau committee, which is the main decision-maker for the EU Parliament, that a number of the rules would have to be tweaked to continue their operations in Britain.
Under the heading “communication programmes requiring an adaptation of the rules”, officials highlighted five separate opportunities to reach out to Britons.
These include allowing anti-Brexit MEPs to continue inviting groups of British residents for trips to the Parliament using EU funds.
And the rules will also be changed to allow Britons to take part in “Opinion Multiplier Group” events.
Two more plans have been drawn up to help MEPs interact with British schools, including organising trips to visit Brussels or Strasbourg.
The “European Parliament Ambassador Schools” scheme has been amended to include “all member states and former member states”.
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An official EU Parliament statement said: “Opinion multiplier groups, youth groups and organisations will be able to participate in debates and events offered by the European Parliament like the European Youth Event, which brings together thousands of young Europeans every two years in Strasbourg and online.
“UK schools will also be able to participate in Euroscola, an immersive experience that takes place in the Chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, allowing secondary school students to learn about European integration by experiencing it first-hand.
“UK schools can also take part in the European Parliament Ambassador Schools Programme.”
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The EU scheme invites school children, normally from member states, to visit the European Parliament to take part in mock plenary sessions.
They receive talks from senior members of the EU Parliament, including many of its vice-presidents.
The sessions were cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but eurocrats organised online meetings on issues such as climate change and youth unemployment.
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