Brexit is not a game — Michel Barnier

The shift in the tone is confirmed today by Michel Barnier who after lunch outside the residence of UK’s Permanent Representative in Brussels, told reporters: “Brexit is not a game. Don’t forget it.” “The lunch was good.”


by Our London Correspondent

(October 11, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) Addressing the House of Commons, Prime Minister May, Monday 9 October 2017 said she was preparing for a “no deal” scenario. A day later, (10th October) EU President Donald Tusk stated that the EU is “not working on a no deal on Brexit talks.”

However, today the Prime Minister has intimated that Tuesday negotiations were “very close” to agreement on the rights of expatriate citizens, one of the key issues that need to be resolved before talks can move forward.

On the most troublesome issue of the financial settlement the “word” is that the UK has said “it is not willing to extend its offer beyond Euro 20 billion to ensure no member state loses out in the two years after UK leaves the EU in March 2019.

European Union observers state that this position “is insufficient to give it confidence to move on to trade talks”.

This shift in the tone is confirmed today by Michel Barnier who after lunch outside the residence of UK’s Permanent Representative in Brussels, told reporters: “Brexit is not a game. Don’t forget it.” “The lunch was good.”

More than a year has passed since Britain voted to leave the EU (23 June 2016) and six months since Britain triggered Art.50 for the two year countdown to exit the EU.

There appears to be no headway irrespective of what anybody says, but that is the reality of hard negotiation.

Author: Sri Lanka Guardian

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