N-VA's plans "are like Brexit"!

Former Belgian foreign minister and socialist supremo Frank Vandenbroucke has likened Flemish nationalist plans for a Belgian confederation to Brexit.

Frank Vandenbroucke, the former Belgian foreign minister and socialist supremo, has likened Flemish nationalist plans for a Belgian confederation to Britain's intention of leaving the EU.

Mr Vandenbroucke compared the N-VA's confederalism proposals that mean the two confederated states, Flanders and Wallonia, would decide for themselves what they still do together, to a fata morgana in the desert, something that doesn't exist.

In Sunday's general election Flanders voted centre-right, Francophonia centre-left.  Bart De Wever's N-VA believes this is proof that the country should evolve towards a confederal state in which the confederated entities are nearly completely independent and only retain a few joint powers.

"It's unworkable and impossible to realise" says Frank Vandenbroucke.

"Brexit is the best example of a fata morgana in the desert.  Brits have been promised something that is impossible.  A pure Brexit is impossible without handing Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland.  Confederalism isn't possible unless you hand Brussels over to Frenchspeakers”.

Under N-VA plans the people of Brussels will have to decide between the Flemish and the Walloon system: "You can't sort this without particularly complicated constructions that work poorly.  The people of Brussels won't agree.  As a result you err further into the desert."