The National:

YOU can’t have your cake and eat it.

Or as the Germans say: “Wasch mir den Pelz, aber mach mich nicht nass” (Wash my fur but don't get me wet).

The French version goes: “Vouloir le beurre et l'argent du beurre” (To want the butter and the money used to buy the butter.

The Danish say: “Man kan ikke både blæse og have mel i munden” (You cannot both blow and have flour in your mouth).

The phrase sprung to mind after a Brexit Party MEP complained that the UK would not have representation in the EU after it leaves the bloc.

We suspect Brexit Party MEPs aren’t much interested in the European versions of the phrase, but they’re useful when imagining how other European politicians would respond.

June Mummery, one of the Brexit Party's 29 representatives elected in the European Parliament, suggested the loss of MEPs would make it hard to hold Brussels to account – who’d have thought it.

She tweeted: “Attending the penultimate session of the #EuropeanParliament’s #FisheriesCommittee #PECHcommittee) with #BritishMEPs. The big question now is, who will be here to hold these people to account while they still control Britain’s waters, but the UK has no representation?”

They really haven’t thought this through have they?

SNP MP Peter Grant replied: "If only somebody hadn’t lied and said there was no accountability, maybe people would have voted differently.”

He wasn’t the only one rolling his eye.

LibDem MEP Jane Brophy posted: "It took a long time but finally a Brexit MEP realised what Brexit means. I fear for our country and all the people that are in for a big shock."

Labour MEP Rory Palmer added: "[I'm] thinking the Brexit Party briefing for Brexit Party MEPs on what Brexit means might need some work."

Dutch MEP Bas Eickhout, a member of the European Green Party, also replied.

Responding to the story, European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt tweeted: “European countries are stronger together using our combined influence to act in the world of Trump, Xi & Putin.

“This co-operation enhances our sovereignty. The isolation of nationalism takes this away, as some in the Brexit Party are now realising.”

It seems that despite their attempts to divide the continent, Brexiteers often end up uniting Europeans – no matter what languages they speak.