Barnier faces backlash in EU states over his aggressiveness towards Britain


Blackleaf
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Michel Barnier is facing a backlash in some EU states for his 'aggressive' bid to force Britain into 'soft' Brexit.

The EU chief negotiator triggered a furious row with the UK last week when he claimed leaving the customs union would guarantee a hard Irish border.

He also threatened to call off the planned transition period if Britain does not obey EU laws and accept full free movement rules.

But the dramatic rhetoric has sparked deep concern among EU countries who fear it could lead to the UK simply walking away from negotiations.

Barnier faces backlash in EU states over 'aggressive' bid to force Britain to stay in the customs union


Michel Barnier triggered furious row with hard line towards Britain last week

The EU chief negotiator claimed leaving customs union means hard Irish border

Document threatened severe punishments if Britain broke rules in transition

Threats have sparked backlash in EU states with fears UK will just walk away

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline
11 February 2018

Michel Barnier is facing a backlash in some EU states for his 'aggressive' bid to force Britain into 'soft' Brexit.

The EU chief negotiator triggered a furious row with the UK last week when he claimed leaving the customs union would guarantee a hard Irish border.

He also threatened to call off the planned transition period if Britain does not obey EU laws and accept full free movement rules.

But the dramatic rhetoric has sparked deep concern among EU countries who fear it could lead to the UK simply walking away from negotiations.


EU chief negotiator Michel triggered a furious row last week when he claimed at a press conference (pictured) that leaving the customs union would guarantee a hard Irish border

A Whitehall source told the Sunday Telegraph that French figures had voiced anger at the 'lack of consultation' on a draft document published by Mr Barnier on Wednesday.

It included a 'punishment' clause allowing Brussels to ground flights from the UK and impose tariffs if the EU rules during a transition.

Nordic and Eastern European countries were also 'fracturing' from the coalition following the 'aggressive political opening salvo'.

Mr Barnier is expected to face demands to drop the clause when he holds talks with representatives from EU states this week.

One diplomat from a country sympathetic to the UK told the newspaper: 'Could anyone accept these terms?

'If I was Britain I would be tempted to say 'No' - walk away and then see how the EU does without the money.'

Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on Poland, said: 'In private, many Polish politicians are expressing regret at the Commission not treating Britain with due consideration and respect.'

Brexit Secretary David Davis blasted back at Mr Barnier on Friday saying there was a 'fundamental contradiction' in his claims to want an amicable transition and strong powers for the EU to punish Britain.


Brexit Secretary David Davis, pictured last week in 9 Downing Street, which houses the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), slammed Brussels for threatening to punish Britain during the Brexit transition period



Theresa May (pictured meeting Japanese investors in Downing Street last week) is trying to break the Cabinet deadlock over Brexit, with a series of keynote speeches by senior minister planned before she finally sets out her vision of Britain's post-EU future


The spat comes as Theresa May is trying to break the Cabinet deadlock over Brexit, with a series of keynote speeches by senior minister planned before she finally sets out her vision of Britain's post-EU future.

The Prime Minister, along with Mr Davis,Boris Johnson, and Liam Fox – all hard-Brexit Cabinet Ministers – will use the set-piece occasions to outline what No 10 is billing as 'Britain's road map to Brexit', ahead of next month's crunch negotiations with the EU.

As Mailonline revealed last week, Mr Johnson's speech on 'liberal Brexit' is due to happen on Valentine's Day.

But Mrs May risks a fresh rift with Chancellor Philip Hammond by freezing him out of the three-week process.

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Last edited by Blackleaf; Feb 11th, 2018 at 06:17 AM..
 
B00Mer
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...and Canadians care, because?

We are not part of the colony anymore Blackie.. get over it.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

...and Canadians care, because?

We are not part of the colony anymore Blackie.. get over it.

It's the International Politics section, my laddo.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

It's the International Politics section, my laddo.

Like I care Limey
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Like I care Limey

Well whether you care or not isn't important. It'll still remain the International Politics section.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Well whether you care or not isn't important. It'll still remain the International Politics section.

Whatever you need to jerk off too.

 
Blackleaf
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'They are terrified!' BBC Europe Editor Katya Adler reveals REAL reason behind EU's Brexit threats to UK

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAHDT1-de44
 
B00Mer
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Yawn..

The British are a bunch of Tossers.
 
Danbones
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Don't mind the free speech haters BL , they are running short on fakenews and this all they have left when that bag is empty.

So the tyrannical EU keeps picking the "fastest way to topple a dictator is to get him to act like one" approach.

I see THAT doesn't even stop free speech much apparently.

One would have hoped glowgball warming would have disappeared a lot of these constantly whining snowflakes.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

Don't mind the free speech haters BL , they are running short on fakenews and this all they have left when that bag is empty.

So the tyrannical EU keeps picking the "fastest way to topple a dictator is to get him to act like one" approach.

I see THAT doesn't even stop free speech much apparently.

One would have hoped glowgball warming would have disappeared a lot of these constantly whining snowflakes.

Thought you be busy Knob Gobbling Trump this morning?