BDW: "Francophones must get in shape for confederalism"

Bart De Wever, the leader of the Flemish nationalist party N-VA, has responded to the words of Charles Picqué (Francophone socialist), the Prime Minister of the Brussels Region. At the weekend Mr Picqué insisted that Francophones should consider a Plan B that would prepare them for a situation in which Belgium collapses and Flanders breaks away to form an independent country.

Speaking on a political discussion programme on the Francophone public broadcaster RTBF at the weekend, Mr De Wever, the leader of the country's largest political party, called on Francophones to prepare for a confederal future.

Mr De Wever said that the 2014 elections would be decisive: "The match will be settled. Either the Flemish parties that support the Di Rupo Government will win, or the N-VA will triumph. I am very optimistic about the N-VA's prospects. At that point we will have a proper debate about confederalism."

Mr De Wever called on Francophones to get in shape for these discussions. I think that the time will be right after the local elections to start thinking and in all discretion work together to prepare the country for the big change."