A senior European Union official says the two main political parties in Britain have been using their country’s divorce from the EU as a means of advancing their political interests.
Guy Verhofstadt, who serves as European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, said on Saturday that both the ruling Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party have sought to play party politics rather than caring about Britain’s future during discussions about Brexit in the parliament over the past weeks.
“At the moment, it seems that the interest of British parties is more important than that of their country,” said Verhofstadt while speaking to Belgian newspaper L’Echo.
The EU official said that the inability of the members of the British parliament to unite behind a government mechanism that could ensure Britain’s smooth withdrawal from the EU was a sign that party politics was more important than the national interests.
“This situation is…