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Germany to UK: please stay

Politico, Jan 18

The heads of Germany's main political parties plus leading figures from business, sport and the arts wrote an open letter to the UK imploring the country "from the bottom of our hearts" to reverse Brexit.
In the letter, published in the Times Friday, the "German friends" write that "without your great nation, this Continent would not be what it is today."

The signatories include conservative leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who succeeded Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU) as well as her opposite number Andrea Nahles of the center-left SPD.

Also on the list are Tom Enders, the CEO of Airbus, Eric Schweitzer, president of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Reiner Hoffmann, president of the German Trade Union Confederation.

"After the horrors of the Second World War, Britain did not give up on us. It has welcomed Germany back as a sovereign nation and a European power," they wrote. “This we, as Germans, have not forgotten and we are grateful."

"Britain has become part of who we are as Europeans," they wrote, adding, "We would miss the legendary British black humour and going to the pub after work hours to drink an ale. We would miss tea with milk and driving on the left-hand side of the road. And we would miss seeing the panto at Christmas."

"But more than anything else, we would miss the British people — our friends across the Channel," they wrote.

Other signatories included pianist Igor Levit; Jens Lehmann, former Arsenal and German national soccer team goalkeeper and Campino, lead vocalist with Die Toten Hosen.

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