The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte might have made an error of judgment when he stated that Brexit would “diminish” Britain for good.
In 2019, Mr. Rutte had argued that no Prime Minister would be able to lessen the severity of the economic impact of Brexit on the UK or sustain its global power.
Ahead of the European Council summit which was held in Brussels, the Netherlands Prime Minister told BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ program: “With a hard Brexit — even with a normal Brexit — the UK will be a different country.
“It will be a diminished country. It is unavoidable. Because you are not any longer part of the European Union and you are not big enough to have an important position, important enough on the world stage, on your own.”
Clearly, Britain has been proving Mr. Ruette wrong in some instances. When Covid vaccines were approved, Britain had made contracts for supplies ahead of most EU countries and had fewer vaccine shortages compared to other countries too.
Mr. Ruette has had to acknowledge his misgivings a couple of times during the coronavirus pandemic. In the previous week, the prime minister apologized for making an “error of judgment” in lifting most coronavirus restrictions in his country. The decision prompted a surge in the number of cases in the Netherlands.
Now it seems Mr. Ruette needs to admit he was wrong to say Britain was “not big enough to have an important position” without the EU and send an apology to the UK for his remarks on Brexit.