British Empire is ‘gone’, Angela Merkel ally says as he urges In vote ahead of EU crunch talks

Michael Gahrer, an MEP for the German Chancellor’s CDU party, says Britain would be left outside of the ‘Champions League’ of nations if it leaves Europe

The British Empire is “gone”, an ally of Angel Merkel has said as he warned the UK can only remain in the “Champions League” of nations by staying in the European Union.

Michael Gahrer, an MEP for the German Chancellor’s CDU party, upped the pressure on Ms Merkel and David Cameron’s talks by warning of the impact of Britain leaving the EU.

He said Scotland could go independent and banks could flee overseas if Britain exits Europe and played down the chances of Mr Cameron winning the removal of a pledge for “ever closer union”.

The comments increase the pressure on the Prime Minister ahead of a working dinner with the German Chancellor at Chequers later on today.

He also said that Germany would not back an “ever looser union” – a warning shot over Mr Cameron’s determination to get a promise of “every closer union” removed from the EU treaties.

Full article: British Empire is ‘gone’, Angela Merkel ally says as he urges In vote ahead of EU crunch talks (The Telegraph)

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