Posted by: westlancashirerecord | November 25, 2018

French Demand Access To UK Coastal State

Judging by the latest rampant demands of Macron, the claims by Daniel Hannan MEP that “This is a calamitous, cowardly, Brexit deal, and we’re now being shafted for it by the EU” are inarguable. 

When the President of the European Commission says he would vote in favour of Theresa May’s Brexit deal if he had a vote in the UK parliament, I smell a rat. If it looks like a rat, and smells like a rat, it’s a rat! Juncker said the agreement was “the best deal possible” and that the EU would not change its “fundamental position”.

Juncker’s comments are part of an EU-wide push to convince British MPs that the plan is worth backing. The arithmetic in the House of Commons currently suggests it will be rejected by a wide margin if nothing changes. Juncker described Britain’s departure as a “tragic moment, not a moment to celebrate”. And so Theresa May has written to me, us .

And I smell another rat as the EU chief negotiator Barnier insists he has always “negotiated with the UK, never against it”. I’m not fooled. We will still be in the EU, we voted to leave the EU.

But arriving at the same meeting, French president Emmanuel Macron said “It’s not a day when we should celebrate, nor a day of mourning. It is the choice of a sovereign people”. He added that Britain’s departure showed the EU had a “fragile” side and was in need of reform. He also pledged that the deal would protect the access of French fishermen to British waters”. Really? Another rat? May claims “We will be out of EU programmes that do not work in our interests, out of the Common Agricultural Policy, that has failed our farmers, and out of the Common Fisheries Policy, that has failed our coastal communities. Instead, we will be able to design a system of agricultural support that works for us and we will be an independent coastal state once again, with full control over our waters” .

Macron launched an unprecedented attack on Brexiters from Salzburg, branding them “liars, those who explain that we can easily live without Europe, that everything is going to be all right, and that it’s going to bring a lot of money home, are liars”.

Barnier said “All along this extraordinary negotiation, very difficult we have worked to reach a deal. That means to organise in an orderly fashion the withdrawal decided by the UK. This deal is a necessary step to build trust between the UK and the EU, we need to build in the next phase of this unprecedented and ambitious partnership. We will remain allies, partners and friends”.

Remember whenTusk tried humiliation, this time on social media, posting a picture of himself presenting May with cakes? His caption “A piece of cake, perhaps? Sorry, no cherries”.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said there were “no political winners or victories” in the Brexit process. ”I don’t expect a no vote. I expect a yes vote and this is the deal on the table. I don’t think there’s anything more”.

“Ainsi soit-il” Macron “So be it”!

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