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European Parliament disputes are more dull without British humour, states

British humour, paradox and sarcasm is much missed out on in the European Parliament considering that the UK left the EU, according to one German MEP.

David McAllister states arguments in Brussels are more dull now there are fewer native English speakers in the institution.

The political leader told the PA news company that UK MEPs had “left a footprint” in the European Parliament through their work, but were likewise missed on a specific basis.

He described: “We also miss our British associates for their pragmatism, and their humour and rhetoric.”

It is nearly a year given that Britain officially left the European Union, following the Brexit vote in 2016.


There are 24 main languages spoken in the European Parliament, however Mr McAllister said English was the common language embraced by most speakers.

He included: “We are operating in a parliament where a lot of English is spoken, but barely any native speakers are still here.

” We have our Irish coworkers, we might have a few Maltese colleagues, and after that we might have a few colleagues from other countries who like me have a British background.

” However we have a great deal of political disputes in working groups, in committees, in the plenary, speaking English however without the speakers being native English speakers.

” And that implies that certain elements of political speech are simply less now typical here because the British are no longer there – when it pertains to humour, irony, sarcasm, using proverbs or other design aspects.

” The British MEPs were constantly at a huge advantage in an open argument due to the fact that they merely have a much better command of the English language.”

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Mr McAllister said the UK MEPs – who left Brussels following Britain’s departure from the EU on 31 January 2020 – had actually brought “real spice” to the political argument.

The shift period, during which the UK remained in the single market and custom-mades union, ended on 31 December.

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