Nils Schmid, who is a leading figure in the ruling Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), has mocked Boris Johnson as a ‘clown’ as he gloated over his fall from power. Speaking to DW, Mr Schmid said German and European Union officials hoped Mr Johnson’s resignation would trigger a major compromise in EU-UK relations from the next leader. It comes as Mr Johnson agreed to step down on Thursday after several senior members of his cabinet resigned.
Mr Schmid even came out to back Sir Keir Starmer as the one person who could save EU-UK relations.
The SPD parliamentary group’s foreign affairs spokesman said: “We need a serious and honest policy to get back to Whitehall and Downing Street.
“This is very good news for British democracy.
“The Conservative Party can now get back to serious politics and we can look forward to a better relationship between the UK and the EU.”
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Mr Schmid called for a “fundamental change” in Britain’s attitude towards the European Union.
He explained: “We have been seen as the main scapegoat, but a closer relationship between the UK and the EU can improve the standard of living for the average Briton.
“A fresh start can only come from the Labor Party, our sister party. We hope they can win the next general election.
“The British government should have a more restrained and rational attitude towards the EU.