Gary Lineker joins Winston Churchill's grandson to mourn the Brexit to ask the Germans to stay friends
- Gary Lineker has signed a letter about Brexit to the German newspaper Die Welt
- The group also includes Churchill's grandson Tory MP Sir Nicholas Soames
- Brief reveals regret about Brexit, but pleads that Britain and Germany remain friends
- It is a response to a similar letter from German dignitaries to Britain last month
Tim Sculthorpe, Deputy Political Editor for Mailonline
Gary Lineker teamed up with Winston's grandson Churchill today to mourn the Brexit and ask Britan and Germany to stay friends
Gary Lineker teamed up with Winston's grandson Churchill today to mourn the Brexit and ask Britain and Germany to stay friends.
The moderator of the match of the day signed a letter to the German newspaper Die Welt in response to a letter from German athletes and politicians to the Times.
It sets out the "real sadness" felt by many in the UK's impending exit from the EU, but insisted that the two countries remain "very much on the same page".
It was written in response to an emotional open letter from a number of senior German citizens – from high-ranking politicians to former footballer Jens Lehmann – who called on Britain to stay.
In it, they quoted their love for the legendary British black humor, milky tea and after work in the pub to drink beer, as well as the role of Britain, Germany as a sovereign country after the "horrors" of Berlin to retrieve World War II.
In their response, the British group – including Churchill's grandson Sir Nicholas Soames – reacted in a similar tone to what they described as a "touching and funny reminder of everything we share."
"Their words remind us that in the EU many Europeans are not concerned with quotas, guidelines, discounts and controls, but with something deeper," they wrote.
"It is a reminder that Europe was a salvation for Germany after the horrors of the 1930s and 1940s, which defeated and replaced nationalism as the dominant cause. And a reminder that you feel real sadness when you deviate from the common mission you were hoping for.
"But we still want to be friends. We love your beer, your football, some of us may even cook. Given the challenges we face, we must stand together to champion the values of tolerance and openness that you say are our hallmark. & # 39;
The British group – including Churchill's grandson Sir Nicholas Soames – similarly responded to what they described as a "touching and funny reminder of everything we share".
The letter goes on to say that the Brexit debate in the United Kingdom has shown the British as "divided and embittered".
"This threatens Britain's reputation for common sense and pragmatism, especially when the world observes more closely than usual," he said.
"Your letter reminded us that despite the Brexit decision, we need to be clearer that we will not withdraw from our global responsibilities. British are outward-looking and closely connected to the world. & # 39;
It ended: "Regardless of the mechanisms and sub-clauses of our future relationship, the tone of the text is unchanged – we are still friends and very much on the same page."
Signatories to the letter included former Conservative Party leader Baroness Warsi, Tory MPs Tom Tugendhat and Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Labor MP Emma Reynolds, and Labor colleague Lord Wood of Anfield.