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No compromise on EU principles to rescue the Tory party from Brexit

Discussion in 'Personal' started by monicabilongame, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter


    The European Parliament’s Brexit chief has warned Theresa May that the EU will not abandon its principles to “rescue” her party from a looming disaster of its own making.

    Speaking to MEPs on Tuesday Guy Verhofstadt rejected Boris Johnson’s suggestion that talks should be extended, arguing that “enough mess has been created” by Brexit already.

    “Let’s stop it,” he said, branding the actions of some Tories in recent weeks “insane”.

    Mr Verhofstadt also rejected Sajid Javid’s proposals on immigration controls after Brexit, warning that “will never accept discrimination based on skills and nationality, as Mr Javid this morning proposed”.

    He also criticised the Conservative party for being unable to come up with a common position on “the mess of Brexit” years after it had called the referendum.

    “We will never undermine the principles of the European project to rescue a political party who is not even capable to find a common line on the mess of Brexit,” he finally told MEPs.

    Lampooning a string of senior Conservatives, he said: “When you see these insane notions of some Tory politicians of the last days: Boris Johnson, his latest invention, you have seen that? He will solve the problem by building a bridge between the UK mainland and Ireland. Mr Boris Johnson is more known for burning bridges than for building bridges!

    “Then there’s Mr Rees-Mogg who’s saying ‘yeah, I have the proposals for the future of Brexit, ordinary citizens and their savings can be secure after Brexit!’ and in the meantime he’s opening for himself an investment fund in Ireland, to transfer his money to Ireland.”

    He added: “Jeremy Hunt, who is comparing the European Union with the Soviet Union. But in his case that is not so abnormal: he has once even confused Japan with China. This is not the first time this is happening.

    “The previous time he was insulting his wife, but this time it’s something far more different: he’s insulting not us, but millions of ordinary citizens who have lived under Soviet rule for so long. That is in fact a point on which he has to apologise, I think, because we cannot take it as such a thing he said.”

    Other senior Brussels politicians also used the debate to tear into senior Conservatives. Manfred Weber, leader of the centre-right European People’s Party and an ally of Angela Merkel, told MEPs that British politicians would have to start taking responsibility for their mistakes.

    “Brexit means leaving the European Union and this means losing the advantages of this Union. That is the simple principle behind this,” Mr Weber said.

    “The big challenge for the politicians in Great Britain like Hunt and Johnson is probably that after March next year they have to take over responsibility.

    “For the first time they have to explain to people what they did, what are the mistakes of their political engagement, and they can’t blame Brussels anymore for what is happening in Britain. That is a big change for them.”

    Mr Weber, a likely candidate to be the next president of the European Commission, also called for “ring-fenced” protections for EU citizens living in Britain and British citizens living in the EU in the event of a no-deal.
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  2. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Thus confirming the point I have been making for months: there is no point in planning a second referendum because the EU will not agree to the extra time that would be needed to hold one before the UK has left the EU.

    Mr Verhofstadt will have no say in any immigration controls that the UK chooses to bring in after Brexit. The whole point of Brexit is that his peripatetic parliament will no longer have any say over the affairs of the UK.
    Mr_Ed likes this.
  3. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    The EU as an entity will have very much of a say over affairs in the EU, because we will be completely excluded from the advantages that such a massive organisation possesses. We will be outside, like the kids looking through the shop window at all the goodies they can't have.
  4. Mr_Ed

    Mr_Ed Lead commenter

    Absolutely spot on....

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