Speaking on German political debate programme Anne Will, former Secretary of State Sigmar Gabriel waded into the deadlocked Brexit negotiations by suggesting Prime Minister Theresa May’s answer to stalled talks would be to give Remainers a second vote.
Mr Gabriel outlined a handful of bizarre points he believed made the Brexit ballot illegitimate, such as the teenage Britons too young to vote in the June 2016 referendum would now – according to him – almost certainly vote Remain in a second referendum.
He also said the UK getting a deal with the EU would undermine the bloc’s single market rules.
He spoke about fears that Italy would follow suit and demand their own departure from Brussels, adding that should Brexit go ahead “the EU will be done for”.
Mr Gabriel also accused the English of dragging Scotland and Ireland into Brexit, insisting they were EU-friendly when England was not.
But European correspondent of the WELT, Dirk Schümer, dismissed the claim and lavished praise on England.
He said: “I don’t even want to imagine a Europe without England, without Great Britain. We should have fought for the British. Now the baby is out with the bathwater to fight them, now the horses have escaped and we are discussing how to get them back.”
The programme, named after its host, comes after Mrs May announced her Brexit deal with the EU is “95 percent done”.
However, this came after she asked for the Brexit transition period to be extended until the year 2021.
The suggestion, made by Mrs May and the EU combined, caused outrage among Brexiteers, who demanded she step down.
Mrs May said she and EU officials were considering extending the transition period to three more years to prevent a hard border happening in Northern Ireland.
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage said an extension to the transition period could delay full withdrawal almost until the general election scheduled for May 2022, and added it “may mean we never leave at all”.
Disgruntled Tory MPs desperate for a new approach have threatened to instigate a no confidence vote within days as they implore Mrs May to face them in their 1922 Committee meeting on Wednesday.
It could mean she faces the sack from her job in 48 hours.
Additional reporting by Monika Palenberg.