EU negotiators wanted Britain to be subservient rather than reasonable

Daniel Hannan stated, EU negotiators wanted Britain to be subservient rather than reasonable and were only ever interested in a power grab on the breakaway UK. He said this attitude had become more evident during the most recent round of trade negotiations which seem to be heading for deadlock. 

“Throughout the procedure, their objective has been not to maximise the prosperity of their citizens, but to retain a measure of suzerainty over a breakaway province. 
“Given what we now see of their attitude, perhaps a deal was not on the cards.” 
The most recent round of negotiations, which finished on Friday, failed to break the deadlock but discussions are set to continue. Chief negotiator Michel Barnier said there was “no significant areas of progress”. 

His UK counterpart, David Frost said they’d need to “intensify and accelerate” the process if there was to be any chance of an arrangement. Ms Loiseau stated: “For now, the UK negotiator is requesting, for example, for freedom of movement for support providers coming from the UK – we have never provided it to our trade partners. 

“He’s requesting reciprocity concerning professional qualifications. This is something that we provide only to member states. So the UK side has to become more realistic.” Ms Loiseau stated: “We think on both sides of the Channel in high standards – so why don’t we keep them? “Why don’t we commit ourselves legally, as we have done to maintain these high standards, today and in the long term? 

“To possess high standards, converging standards, equal criteria, for the benefit of our peoples.” As it stands, Britain will depart the EU single market when the recent Brexit transition period comes to a conclusion at the end of the year with nothing to replace it unless a deal is agreed. And Mr Hannan said there were no great arguments for extending the period of transition beyond December 31 regardless of the demands of some vocal Brexit critics. 

He said: “The prolonged culture war that followed the referendum has conditioned many Europhiles to need an extension, not since it would bring benefits, but they hate everything associated with Brexit. 
“The EU, obviously, has jumped at that suggestion. Michel Barnier floated it again on Friday. From his point of view, he was keeping Britain as a non-voting member as the very best of all worlds. 
“Brussels officials proposed — like creating a generous concession — that Britain could be excluded in the EU budget during any extension, paying a lump sum instead.”

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