OK he didn't quite say it like that, but he did by default. Here he is in Saturday's Le Monde (as translated by the Observer,
'Everywhere in Europe I come across a feeling of serious concern. People thought the problem would come from the British, but are discovering it is coming from a founding (EU) member state without which you cannot imagine the European project continuing,'
My deconstruction of this little comment is that he Josep Borrell Fontanelles, President of the Parliament can countinence is that the "European project continuing" without Britain. Intereresting, but I do believe that it is one of those stopped clock moments. I agree with the Spaniard.
Later in the same Observer article as I found this comes this ineffable quote from Sarkozy
"In a video conference, right-wing UMP leader Nicolas Sarkozy told farmers: 'If we are not in Brussels, who will defend the common agricultural policy?' "
Oh well done Polly, well done
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