European Council President Donald Tusk has shared a letter from a six-year-old English girl, featuring an apparently pointed message to Brexit-backing MPs.
“Dear Mr Tusk, I live in Britain,” the letter reads. “I know we are leaving the EU. But I think we should be friends. From Sophie, aged 6.”
Mr Tusk responded in his social media post by writing: “We will always be friends, Sophie.”
But the letter also included a drawing of a unicorn, a term which has been used as slang for the unrealistic plans pursued by some UK lawmakers during the Brexit negotiations.
A European Council spokesperson confirmed Mr Tusk had received the letter, adding: “He found it heart-warming and has sent Sophie a signed photo as she asked for.”
When one Twitter user accused the letter of being “fake but funny” the EU Council’s press account responded directly, reiterating that the photo is “definitely” a letter Mr Tusk received and describing Sophie as “his friend”.
This is definitely the copy of one of the letter received by @eucopresident. He has found it heart-warming and sent back his photo to his friend Sophie.
— EU Council Press (@EUCouncilPress) March 13, 2019
The press team did not confirm whether the unicorn carried additional meaning, but told the Press Association social media posts are open to personal interpretation.
The European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said the letter put “everything in perspective”.
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) March 13, 2019
“Sometimes it takes a child to put everything in perspective,” Mr Verhofstadt tweeted.
“What a terrible waste #Brexit is.”
Mr Tusk has a history of tongue-in-cheek social media posts on Brexit.
In September, he shared a photo of himself and Theresa May choosing a sweet treat from a spread of food at a summit in Salzburg.
“A piece of cake, perhaps? Sorry, no cherries,” the post read, in an apparent reference to cherry-picking in the process of the UK’s negotiations with the EU.
In February, Mr Tusk prompted angry responses when he tweeted there was a “special place in hell” for those who promoted Brexit without a plan to deliver it.
I've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) February 6, 2019
“I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely,” he wrote.
MPs are set to vote on Wednesday whether to block a no-deal Brexit, after Theresa May suffered a humiliating defeat as her EU Withdrawal Agreement was rejected by an overwhelming majority for the second time.
On Tuesday, MPs voted by 391 to 242, a majority of 149, against the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal despite her assurance new agreements had been reached with Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg.