Donald Tusk has shared a letter from a 6-year-old fan featuring a stinging Brexit slapdown and a drawing of a unicorn.
The European Council President posted a picture of the letter on his Instagram account this morning.
The letter, from Sophie, reads: Dear Mr Tusk.
“I live in Britain. I know we are leaving the EU, but I think we should be friends.”
She then asks: “Please may I have a signed photo of you for my Europe book?”
Sophie adds: “I have drawn you a unicorn.”
Open Europe’s Henry Newman said: “This is embarrassing. What is the president of European Council doing?
“It is a very serious negotiation and he is playing on Instagram”
Following last night’s Brexit vote, Mr Tusk said: “We regret the outcome of tonight’s vote and are disappointed that the UK Government has been unable to ensure a majority for the Withdrawal Agreement agreed by both parties in November.
“On the EU side we have done all that is possible to reach an agreement. Given the additional assurances provided by the EU in December, January and yesterday, it is difficult to see what more we can do.
“If there is a solution to the current impasse, it can only be found in London.”
He added: “The EU, for its part, continues to stand by the Withdrawal Agreement, including the backstop, which serves to prevent a hard border in Ireland and preserve the integrity of the single market unless and until alternative arrangements can be found.
“With only 17 days left to March 29, today’s vote has significantly increased the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit. We will continue our no-deal preparations and ensure that we will be ready if such a scenario arises.
“Should there be a UK reasoned request for an extension, the EU27 will consider it and decide by unanimity.
“The EU27 will expect a credible justification for a possible extension and its duration. The smooth functioning of the EU institutions will need to be ensured.”