Good riddance is Europe’s message to the Tories – but Labour shouldn’t expect any favours | Paul Taylor

Good riddance is Europe’s message to the Tories – but Labour shouldn’t expect any favours | Paul Taylor

The Conservatives’ arrogance and incompetence won’t be missed, and the next UK government will have to rebuild trust

Paul Taylor is a senior visiting fellow at the European Policy Centre

After a disastrous decade in which they blew up Britain’s relationship with the rest of Europe, shrank trade and made life miserable for cross-Channel travellers, the Tories can’t leave office soon enough for most continental Europeans.

“Good riddance!” is the cry from Lisbon to Helsinki as London’s erstwhile European partners hope that a new Labour government will start to rebuild relations with the neighbours that have suffered the most severe damage since the end of the second world war.

Paul Taylor is a senior visiting fellow at the European Policy Centre

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