A PROMINENT Brexiteer has described warnings from the European Union towards the UK as “like the haka before a rugby game.”
Daniel Hannan, an MEP who campaigned to vote to leave the European Union, has downplayed threats from the European Union.
Both the President of the European Commission and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator have taken digs at the UK, right before the third round of exit talks.
Speaking on talkRADIO, Brexiteer, Mr Hannan suggested that all the talk from the European Union was simply a front.
He said: “This is almost like the haka before the rugby game. It’s a simulated rage, not a genuine one.
“Both sides want to show domestic audiences they’re hanging tough. I can’t remember any EU talks where that hasn’t happened.
“If you look at the fundamentals here, On the day Britain leaves the EU, we will be the EU’s single biggest trading partner.
“And if you traded it as a single entity the EU would still be our biggest trading partner.”
Mr Hannan reiterated that getting a deal with the UK was in the European Union’s interest.
“It is not in the interest of either side to have an ill-tempered deal that results in any kind of disruption across channel trade,” he continued.
“This isn’t about doing a favour to anybody, you don’t do trade with a country because of kindness. You do it out of hard-headed self-interest.
“Neither side will want to be self-maiming in these talks. Both will want the best deal for themselves and both will recognise that getting the best deal for themselves involves having a prosperous and stable neighbour to trade with.”
Before the latest Brexit meeting between David Davis and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator suggested the UK’s demands were unclear.
Mr Barnier said: “We need UK papers that are clear in order to have constructive negotiations. And the sooner we remove the ambiguity, the sooner we will be in a position to discuss the future relationship and a transitional period.
“The EU 27 and the European Parliament stand united. They will not accept that separation issues are not addressed properly. I am ready to intensify negotiations over the coming weeks in order to advance.”
The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker also took a swipe at the UK’s negotiating position, insisting papers presented by the UK last week were not satisfactory.
Mr Juncker said: “I would like to be clear that I did read with the requisite attention all the papers produced by Her Majesty’s government and none of those is actually satisfactory.”
The UK Government set out Brexit position papers last week outlining its plans for the Irish border, customs union and European Court of Justice after the UK exits the bloc.
Post time: 09-03-2017