We are more than aware that Britain wants to leave the European Union, but did the European Union really want Britain? The rhetoric from the continent is more of a question of "goodbye" rather than "please think again and stay".

I know there are many economic factors behind the push from Brussels for Britain to break away, but you would have thought that at least one person could have said "please stay, reconsider your decision". Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who I thought was an ally of Prime Minister David Cameron, has been pretty tough, saying that "Britain would not get any special status". The Belgians even appealed to British-based firms to relocate there, and I do not really think that the European Union should be meeting Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, despite her pro-European credentials. Scotland is part of the United Kingdom and therefore the Scottish government needs to accept the referendum result. The last thing that Britain needs at the moment is the EU interfering in British affairs, especially at such a critical moment.

I believe that if the EU made Britain feel welcome it might make people think. Everyone likes to feel wanted and unfortunately Britain does not appear to be very wanted on the continent. Britain and the EU are on course to part as friends but not great friends. A big shame really.

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s / Hace over 5 years

The way France immediately said " Britain must leave now ". There were others of similar attitude. How I wish that was possible. But it will take two years. Britain can now trade with The World , not just the EU. France and Germany are bedfellows. France can not sort out their Air Traffic Controllers. Why did we rescue them on D Day? Germany will not now get control of Europe and its economy.

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Steve Riches / Hace over 5 years

It'd be pointless them pleading for the UK to stay, the Leave vote was clear enough despite its narrow majority - so why should the rest of the EU do anything other than ask us to get out as soon as possible? We are no longer part of their organisation (OK, we are until the tie is legally severed, but we're out.) They need to get on with their communal business, they owe us nothing, it was a decision about which they had no control, and we owe them nothing either. We need to get on with running the UK in the best way possible, and that won't be easy. I believed the "Leave" decision to be wrong but I belong to the democracy that made that decision, so my job and the job of all of us is to get on an make the best of what we've got.

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Simon Tow / Hace over 5 years

"England has no eternal friends, England has no perpetual enemies, England has only eternal and perpetual interests” Lord Palmerston 1784-1865

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