QUIT THE BULLYING
MPs and business leaders tell EC president Jean-Claude Juncker his heavy-handed tactics could harm the EU if we crash out without agreeing to a deal
BULLYING EU chiefs have been warned their campaign of “threats and scaremongering” will never halt Brexit.
Furious MPs and business leaders have bluntly told Brussels negotiators to “stop pushing us around” – or risk Britain walking away without handing over a penny.
They have called for them to stop trying to punish the UK in a hard-hitting letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker days before the next round of talks begin.
The heavy-handed tactics have already backfired by hardening the determination of millions who voted to leave the EU, the letter says.
And it warns that it is the other 27 EU states which will come off worse if we crash outwithout a deal.
Copies of the letter have also been delivered to EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, European Council president Donald Tusk and European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator and anti-Brexit Twitter troll Guy Verhofstadt.
It calls for Brussels to agree a “new deep and special partnership” or Britain will walk away without paying the large sums of money previously discussed.
The letter, signed by Leave Means Leave bosses Richard Tice and John Longworth plus several MPs, warns that “no amount of threats, scaremongering and bullying will make us change our mind” on the Brexit result.
It declares: “We suggest the time has come for the Commission to put an end to cheap political posturing and to start safeguarding the interests of working people right across Europe by coming to ‘a new deep and special partnership’ that our Prime Minister has proposed.
“The alternative is that we just leave, in which case the people of the UK will simply not tolerate paying to the EU the very large sums being talked about under the implementation period.”
The letter – also sent to media in all 27 EU states – cautions the European Commission against continuing to “obstruct and prevaricate” negotiations as this position is at odds with the wishes of the EU27.
Britain will not be forced into accepting a bad deal, the authors warn, and that attempts to “punish” the UK will fail.
It highlights a recent poll which found that two thirds of British people believe the EU is trying to “bully” Britain into submission and that even 49 per cent of Remain voters deplore the way the EU are behaving.
The letter piles pressure on the EU to change its approach to avoid a hard Brexit that would be “acceptable for the UK but that would be bad for the rest of the bloc.”
World Trade Organisation rules would be extremely damaging to the EU27, it says, with the German automotive industry losing nearly £7billion in annual revenues and 30,000 jobs, and Irish beef and dairy exports potentially declining by half.
The letter concludes by agreeing that “clock is ticking” – a favourite phrase of Michel Barnier – and says: “The alternative is that we just leave, in which case the people of the UK will simply not tolerate paying to the EU the very large sums being talked about under the implementation period.”
March 18th, 2018: The Sun