Former Brexit Party MEP Belinda de Lucy has struck out at EU negotiators for attempting to scupper the present trade discussions with Britain. When discussing the current deadlock in the EU discussions, the Brexiteer urged Britain to stand firm and not waive on its red lines.
She stated Boris Johnson’s critical areas of fishing rights, the level-playing area and the European Court of Justice have been “the essence of Brexit”.
In an interview with the Express, Ms de Lucy said: “No more level-playing field, no ECJ function and control over our fishing waters.”
“These red lines should always stay non-negotiable.”
When asked about Brussels being stubborn on specific areas, the Brexiteer stated: “It’s not stubbornness so much as arrogance and entitlement towards the united kingdom.”
She said the initial phase of Brexit talks, headed by former Prime Minister Theresa May, prompted the EU to believe Britain would readily cave in to its demands.”The EU is obsessed with protecting the ideology of this project often at the expense of its member states; this is nothing new.”
“It’s determined to make these discussions so painful, expensive and politically harmful for the UK, no other nation will ever dare to hold a referendum they can’t overturn again.”
As a result, the Brexiteer considers the current trade talks a waste of time, as she believes it’s clear the EU will not sign off on a fair deal for the UK. She stated that was why the Brexit Party, led by Nigel Farage, championed a no-deal Brexit, “because it was going to be the only way to deliver”.
Ms de Lucy added: “We all remember that telling quote from Barnier, ‘I will have done my job if, in the end, the deal is so demanding on the British that they would prefer to remain in the EU.’ “
“Our time in the EU Parliament affirmed to us this was the mission, and nothing has ever changed our heads.”
“Though we have formally left the EU, Brussels believes there’s still a possibility the UK will Brexit in name only.”
“When the EU won’t budge on a level-playing field, ECJ and fishing then talks are a waste of time we ought to focus 100 percent on no-deal planning.”
Ms de Lucy said she had been slightly worried the Government has not yet prioritised its no-deal planning. She said: “I’m curious as to why no-deal planning hasn’t been a hot subject so close to the deadline.”
She added: “Fortune favours the brave and if an 80 seat majority Tory government can’t be brave if our country’s sovereignty and interests depend on it then the electorate will punish the Tories for a generation.”
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