May has been accused of not doing enough to build relationships with EU leaders
May’s team reportedly believe European hostilities could prove the downfall in negotiations as British officials revealed the EU is feeling hurt by UK’s rejection of the bloc.
A senior member of the Tory administration is concerned that May has not done enough to “woo” EU leaders, Bloomberg reported.
Emma Reynolds, who is on the Brexit select committee, said: “The tone of the negotiations is as important as the substance and so far it hasn’t been very good.
“I don’t think the prime minister or anybody else in government has done enough to build the sort of alliances and friendships with their EU counterparts that will be crucial to getting a good deal.”
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David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, will continue to travel to EU capitals in an attempt to build relationships and gauge the feelings towards the ongoing negotiations.
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said in a recent report: “Britain needs goodwill.
A tough line on a Brexit divorce bill could be seen as a declaration of war by the EU27
Mujtaba Rahman, a managing director at the Eurasia Group
“If May does not want to further antagonise her partners she should be humble, constructive and flexible in her letter.”
Mujtaba Rahman, a managing director at the Eurasia Group, claimed if the EU adopts a tough line on a Brexit divorce bill then this could be seen “as a declaration of war by the EU27”.
Davis will have a busy travel schedule over the next month as he tries to build relationships in EU
He added: “This will feed directly into May’s political constraints – energising the eurosceptics on her right – making it even more difficult for the government to compromise, and all before the real negotiations even begin.”
The civil service has failed to recruit enough new staff to deal with the upcoming negotiations with the National Audit Office claiming there are still hundreds of posts to be filled.
Reynolds believes the necessary relationships have not been made
Ann Linde, the Sweden’s EU affairs and trade minister, is not happy with the UK Governments attitude so far, she said: “They have been really tough on the UK side.
“That’s a position they have chosen, but it doesn’t make it easier to have constructive discussions when the point is to reach an agreement.”