The prospect of a No Deal Brexit looks increasingly likely, with the EU’s Chief Negotiator saying: “We are not going to negotiate on the basis of the White Paper.”
Predictably, despite Theresa May putting forward a pathetically weak plan that would sign the UK up to an EU rulebook, it has had a lukewarm reaction in Brussels as the clock continues to tick.
Barnier and the EU don’t want to see the UK gain competitive advantage from independence and Barnier said: “There were questions that do give rise to a few problems. There are some elements which do seem to contract the guidelines of the EU Council.
“There is no justification for us for the EU running the risk of weakening the Single Market. That is our main asset.”
Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman pointed out how serious the situation now is with Barnier rejecting the “core basis” of May’s Chequers plan.
This is far more serious than just requiring more concessions. Barnier is saying the core basis of the white paper is not workable. EU would prefer FTA like SuperCanada as it doesn’t mess with their Single Market https://t.co/DMOqVEaNhr
— David C Bannerman (@DCBMEP) July 20, 2018
The EU’s response was also picked up by former MEP Roger Helmer who described how Barnier had ‘summarily rubbished’ the proposal.
All that excitement over the Chequers plan, and Barnier summarily rubbishes it. I hope the MPs who got so fired up over it don’t feel they’ve wasted their time.
— Roger Helmer (@RogerHelmerMEP) July 20, 2018
It increasingly appears as though the EU aren’t willing to soften their hardline stance. In which case rather than concessions and surrender the British government should simply walk away.