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Bono has called on artists to celebrate the “romance” of Europe at a time when the value of the EU has come under question, the Press Association reports. Visiting the European parliament in Brussels, the U2 singer hailed the European institutions as both a “brain … working to improve the lives of Europeans” and a “loudly beating heart” bringing them together. The Irish rocker and anti-poverty campaigner did not mention Brexit in his comments alongside the parliament’s president, Antonio Tajani, but said that pro-European voices were needed at a time when “people are questioning Europe”. As the Press Association reports, Bono said:
As an artist, I think I probably have a role to play in romancing the idea of Europe and seeing it as something warm-blooded. Europe is a thought that needs to become a feeling and I am, as an artist, in service of that …
If you think about the mythology of America and you think about Hollywood and how Hollywood perpetuated the idea of the American dream… when you think about artists involved in the project that is Europe, it’s not that many. I think we need more as people are questioning Europe.
Hilary Benn, the committee chairman, goes next.
Q: If the UK is not ready by the end of the transition, the no deal planning could then be useful, couldn’t it?