It revealed today in the Daily Express that David Frost has spoken to some Conservative MPs in regards to Britain achieving its objectives in these currents talks. It’s reported that Mr Frost told the Conservative MPs that Britain might only win 60% of its demands in these negotiations.
Professor Tim Bale, Deputy Director of the UK. in a Changing Europe think tank has said that Mr Frost is only realistic in his views. It’s reported that Tim has also stated that the UK would be better off to accept the 60% that’s on offer, saying it is “not that smart a move” to walk away from negotiations empty-handed.
Mr Bale told the Express: “Brexiteers might be disappointed that David Frost thinks that a lot of objectives won’t be achieved in a trade deal with the European Union, but he’s only being realistic – no one gets everything they want out of a negotiation, especially if, to use the PM’s favourite analogy, they’re wanting to have their cake and eat it.
“It would be hard to imagine that the UK can push any harder than it’s already doing.
“UK negotiators are still threatening to walk away if it doesn’t get a satisfactory deal – what’s left after that? Nuclear weapons?
“Most people would say it’s better to get 60 percent of something than 100 percent of nothing, so walking away is arguably not that smart a move.”
Wyn Grant, British political scientist and Professor of Politics at the University of Warwick wrote on his website: “The EU holds most of the cards so 60 percent of objectives being met in any trade deal with the EU may be a realistic assessment, although a little pessimistic.
“The EU is unlikely to be that fazed by a UK withdrawal from the talks as they would expect the UK to return once the consequences of a no deal became evident after January 1.
“It is difficult for the UK to take a harder line when it is going to look like a bluff.
“The EU market matters more to the UK than the other way round.
“Both sides would actually prefer to strike an agreement, but there is a real risk that they won’t.”
The big question is this if the EU is only offering to sign up to 60% of the UK demands, what is 40% the UK would be giving away? Why should Britain sign up to a deal which doesn’t meet the objectives of the UK?
What is your opinion on this, are we going to be getting a 60% Brexit?