They believe Brexit is bad for them and us says Mr Umunna

 

The EU would assist the UK abandon Brexit if it modified its mind, as per the Labour MP Chuka Umunna, who has conducted private meetings with most EU governments.

In a latest weekly column for The Independent, Mr Umunna stated that the 27 EU members observed Brexit as a “damage limitation” exercise and did not want to penalize the UK, as certain Brexiteers claim. He mentioned, “They believe Brexit is bad for them and us. If, when we see what the Brexit deal actually looks like, we want to change our minds and fight to reform the EU from within, they would be delighted.”

Terminating claims by certain lawyers that the departure procedure could not be stopped, he stated, “There is unanimous acceptance that Article 50 is revocable and they would be very very happy for the UK to continue as a member of the club. That is why it makes sense to keep an open mind on what we do at the end of these negotiations.”

Mr Umunna, who encountered EU government representatives in latest months as co-chair of the all-party Parliamentary Group on EU Relations, disclosed that few officials secretly explained the Government’s point of the EU’s position as a “fantasy” and a “delusion.”

He alerted that the UK will not be able to “have its cake and eat it,” stating, “The problem is that most EU governments are not clear what May thinks a bespoke UK arrangement would look like.” He mentioned that no diplomat he had interacted to trusts it would be possible to strike a trade contract by the time a two-year transitional period terminates in 2021.

One senior EU representative stated to Mr Umunna the UK lacks “a national position” on how to reach Brexit. He mentioned that EU members had observed the “backseat driving” by Brexiteers ministers like Michael Gove and Boris Johnson as they undermined Ms May by setting out their own “red lines.”

The former Shadow Business Secretary differentiated the Government’s “incoherence” with “the iron discipline” of the EU27 in the talks. He stated that the Prime Minister’s charm offensive, incorporating one-to-one dinners with EU leaders, in Downing Street has in the key been rebuffed.

However, Ms May and her ministers hold on they must “aim high” in the negotiations to fake a “deep and special partnership” with the EU. They insist that the UK can win a much more aspiring trade contract than the EU-Canada contract since it begins from a position of “full alignment”  with EU regulations.  They are confident they can make sure that services, involving financial services, will be covered by the contract, and believe that differences between EU members will surface when trade talks start.

 

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