Brexit Dealmaker Verhofstadt Backs Paid EU Membership for Britons

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(REUTERS) – The European Parliament’s top Brexit negotiator backed the idea of individual European Union memberships for Britons who want to stay in the bloc in an interview published on Saturday.

Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, a European federalist and arch-foe of eurosceptics said there were legal obstacles – but in principle he supported individual EU memberships for Britons, paid by annual fee.

“Many say ‘we don’t want to cut our links’. I like the idea that people who are European citizens and saying they want to keep it have the possibility of doing so,” he told the Times.

Andrew Bridgen, a pro-Brexit British member of parliament, said Verhofstadt’s comments were designed to divide Britons and undermine June’s vote to leave the EU.

“The truth is that Brussels will try every trick in the book to stop us leaving,” he told the Times.

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