Top Germans plead with UK to stay in EU

Angela Merkel Image copyright EPA/ BBC Image caption Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Jens Lehmann are among the letter’s signatories

Leading German illustrations have written to the UK asking it to stay in the EU.

The letter, published in the Times, is signed by 31 people, including the leader of the Christian Democratic Union – and likely successor to Angela Merkel – Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.

They cited post-work pints and pantomime as beloved British habits.

But the UK’s role in post-war Europe is the focus of the signatories calling for Britain to stay.

“Without your great commonwealth, this Continent would not be what it is today, ” they wrote.

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