icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm
18 Feb, 2020 16:56

‘Hell of a job’ to secure deal: Verhofstadt blasts BoJo’s Brexit negotiator treating UK & EU as being ‘on two different planets’

‘Hell of a job’ to secure deal: Verhofstadt blasts BoJo’s Brexit negotiator treating UK & EU as being ‘on two different planets’

EU chief Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt has warned it would be a “hell of a job” to secure a successful outcome in negotiations with the UK, hammering his counterparts for their approach to future relationship discussions.

During a joint press conference with London Mayor Sadiq Khan in Brussels on Tuesday, Verhofstadt appeared to take a swipe at recent comments made by David Frost – the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator.

In a speech in the Belgian capital on Monday, Frost had insisted that Britain would not sign up to aligning with EU rules, regulations or any supervisory role with the European Court of Justice. 

Also on rt.com 'This guy is a joke': Sadiq Khan triggers Twitter after saying 'heartbroken' Londoners should be able to keep EU citizenship

The hardline tone taken by Frost ostensibly riled Verhofstadt, who was adamant that the UK and EU do not diverge too heavily because in reality their markets were close “physically, geographically.” He warned that if the UK continues with this approach in the post-Brexit negotiations, then it would be a “hell of a job” to reach a successful outcome by the end-of-December deadline.

It’s not a good thing that we continue to discuss the future relationship as if the UK and Europe are living on two different planets.

Brussels is pushing for “dynamic alignment” on state aid and competition rules, as well as non-regression on environmental, social and workers’ standards, but the UK is so far resisting such demands, preferring a Canada-style agreement.

The EU’s current agreement with Canada is called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The deal does away with most taxes on imports, but tariffs remain on poultry/eggs and meat. There is no dynamic alignment on standards, only “cooperation” between the two countries.

Also on rt.com France gets tough with UK, demands BoJo sign up to EU rules in return for Brexit trade deal – reports

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Subscribe to RT newsletter to get stories the mainstream media won’t tell you.