Are we being manipulated so that we accept, in due course, a smaller (but still very large) Brexit bill as a “good deal”?
Posts Tagged: Jean-Claude Juncker
Interview: May – No, we’re not proposing leaving the ECHR. For the moment, we will look “at what else we can do”
But she confirms that Britain is leaving the ECJ’s jurisdiction, and says that there is a very clear choice on Thursday – between “me and Jeremy Corbyn”.
WATCH: Ici Londres – In the Brexit talks, we need politicians who stand up for Britain, not for Brussels, argues Daniel Hannan
It was extraordinary to see British Europhiles taking Juncker’s side against May.
Charlie Elphicke: Don’t assume that Macron will push our border back to Dover. Here’s how we can reach agreement.
France’s new president may be a more positive force for Britain than people expect. But we need to be ready – deal or no deal.
Iain Dale: A succession of Party Chairmen should hang their heads in shame for the secrecy over candidate selection
Plus: Diversity sweeps Essex. Forget the Conservative Party – this is May’s campaign. And: Give Anne Jenkin a peerage. But of course: she already has one.
The Prime Minister cites “threats against Britain” that have “been issued by European politicians and officials”.
WATCH: Ici Londres – Juncker wants the hardest of Brexits. So why is Farron siding with him? asks Daniel Hannan
They themselves are proving May’s argument that they cannot be trusted to protect our national interest.
Why spend money on grammars, rather than dealing with school overcrowding? And why back Trident rather than the Navy’s conventional fleet?
The more he leaks, the slower May will be to put anything on the table. And the slower she is to do so, the slower the negotiation will proceed – from which everyone loses.
“No deal means no winners – everybody will lose.”
Will the UK get a deal? Much depends on whether other European governments or the EU Commission take charge on the other side of the table.
Juncker has presented MEPs with five options, but the responses show how hard Brussels politicians will find it to change their attitudes.
Syed Kamall: How Conservatives and reformists in Brussels decided the European Parliament’s presidency
Meanwhile, shock, anger, sorrow and denial over the democratic decision of the British people to leave the EU has been replaced by a more business-like approach.
The referendum was meant to be about constitutional reform. Instead, it’s become an anti-politics storm which could have wide-reaching consequences.
The very threat of reaching out in this way may make our neighbours reconsider any idea of punishing us.