Serhat TUNAR –TDO- Last-minute plea letter signed by MPs, senior figures from the industry and artists urged Brits to remain in EU.
The heads of Germany's main political parties plus leading figures from business, sport and the arts wrote an open letter to the U.K. imploring the country "from the bottom of our hearts" to reverse Brexit.
In the letter, published in The Times Friday, the "German friends" write that "without your great nation, this Continent would not be what it is today."
The signatories include conservative leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who succeeded Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU) as well as her opposite number Andrea Nahles of the center-left (SPD).
Also on the list are Tom Enders, the CEO of Airbus, Eric Schweitzer, president of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Reiner Hoffmann, president of the German Trade Union Confederation.
"After the horrors of the Second World War, Britain did not give up on us. It has welcomed Germany back as a sovereign nation and a European power," they wrote. "This we, as Germans, have not forgotten and we are grateful."