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EU's Brexit negotiator has called for “realism” from UK government

Monday, May 28th 2018 - 08:10 UTC
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The European Union’s Brexit negotiator has called for “realism” over the terms of the future relationship between the UK and Brussels. Michel Barnier’s comments came after claims from EU officials that Britain has a “fantasy” approach to the talks sparked anger. Read full article

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  • Conqueror

    Barnier is a liar. If figures often quoted are accurate, I'd love to see the details of how the EU forced around 60 “third countries” to give EU nationals exceptional rights, make any fishing grounds freely available to the fishing industries of all its member states, demand that they comply with all features of european “law” and pay the EU billions of euros against possible future commitments.

    Infamously, Barnier likes to say that the UK will be a “third country”. Why doesn't he “negotiate” with a “third country”?

    Without saying anything, the UK should just bear in mind two principles. The first is that any treaty, which is just a contract anyway, can be repudiated by a sovereign state. Particularly if it is entered into under duress. And the second principle is that no UK government is obliged to comply with anything done by a previous government.

    Of course, the UK can't accept the EU conditions too easily. Barnier might smell a rat. But, after we've left the EU, we can do what we like. Not even bits of paper that the EU obtains will make any difference. We just tear them up.

    May 28th, 2018 - 12:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    The trouble is we as a nation are too honest to renegade on treaties or agreements,you only have to look at all the other countries in the Eu and see what I mean.

    May 29th, 2018 - 04:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Juana

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    May 30th, 2018 - 02:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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