Jürgen Hardt, foreign policy spokesman for Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, has said he thinks a second Brexit referendum will be held to break the impasse. Mr Hardt added he believed the Remain side would win the second vote meaning Brexit would never happen. The former naval officer continued his tirade by saying Withdrawal Agreement negotiations should not be opened despite Westminster MPs emphatically rejecting the divorce deal.
Mr Hardt, Bundestag member for Solingen, Remscheid and Wuppertal II in western Germany, slammed Theresa May’s handling of Brexit negotiations and added the March 29 deadline should be extended to allow the government and EU officials more time to avoid a no-deal exit.
The 55-year-old told German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse: “Brexit will not take place.
“At the end of the day there will be a second referendum.”
Infuriating the 17.4 million Brexit voters, he added: “Then, in fact, the remain supporters will gain the upper hand.”
Mr Hardt said he expects further economic and political disruption until Brexit Day.
He said: “I expect that in the coming weeks, we will experience another shock to the political landscape in the UK.”
The politician, who endorsed Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer before she was chosen to replace Angela Merkel as head of the CDU, ruled out further negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement and said there was no way Theresa May could meet Brexiteer’s hopes.
He said: “No, there is no room for manoeuver.
“It was clear from the beginning that the British Government would never meet the exaggerated expectations of Brexit advocates in its negotiations.”
Mr Hardt explained the Prime Minister should seek to extend Article 50 and delay Brexit.
He said: “Finding a solution takes more time.”
“If the deadline is extended, however, I see no legal basis for preventing British citizens from participating in the European elections.”
Mr Hardt added the UK participating in European Parliament elections would spell disaster for the Conservatives and Labour as Britons would flock to new political parties such as Nigel Farage’s recently announced Brexit Party.
He said: ”It would then be expected that in Great Britain new political forces will be formed and are successful, which will then play a major role in later national elections.
“Then the dominance of the two major political parties in Britain would be over for good.”
(Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg)