Britain should walk away and see how the EU does without the money, says an EU diplomat as cracks begin to open up in Brussels.
It comes after Barnier revealed his bizarre and unreasonable Brexit transition stance: He wants Britain to remain in the single market and customs union, accept ECJ rule and free movement of people and be subject to any new EU rules and regs without having a say in the making of those decisions.
But what’s really wound up other EU countries and opened up massive cracks in Brussels is Barnier’s insistence on a so-called punishment clause that would allow Brussels to ground aircraft and block trade if the UK failed to obey EU rules during the transition period.
The foreign EU diplomat told the Telegraph: “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.”
A Whitehall source added: “My understanding is the French were cross at the lack of consultation on the so called legal document, which was really an aggressive political opening salvo.
“The Nordics and East Europeans are also fracturing the coalition. Barnier … fears having his legs cut off by the Franco/German alliance – hence his belligerent tone.”
Britain needs to stop bowing down to Brussels, even representatives from EU member states think they’re being unreasonable. People voted Leave to stop being dictated to by Brussels, that means a full Brexit in 2019. Get on with it.