A German MEP has claimed Brussels, not the UK, will have the final say on Brexit
The MEP also welcomed today’s supreme court ruling, which is threatening the will of the British people by forcing MPs to vote before Prime Minister Theresa May can trigger Article 50.
German politician Manfred Weber said: “UK Supreme court ruling is clear: Parliaments must be respected.
“European Parliament will have the final say on Brexit.”
His comments were met with fury by Brexit campaigners, including Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.
He said: “The European Parliament will only have a say on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.
Manfred Weber said Brussels would decide on Brexit
“It has no say on Brexit which is exclusively a decision of and for the British people.”
The threat is just the latest attempt from Brussels to dictate Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Yesterday a spokesman for the European Commission warned Mrs May she could not formally discuss any future trade deals while meeting US president Donald Trump this week.
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They said the PM and the business mogul could only have a casual conversation about the future relationship between the two nations – which the Trump administration’s press secretary Sean Spicer said yesterday would become “even closer”.
The Commission spokesman said: “There is nothing in the treaties that prohibits you from discussing trade.
Brussels is desperately attempting to control Britain's exit from the EU
“You can only negotiate a trade agreement after you leave the European Union.”
He referenced Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the Commission, who said he did not like member states negotiating their own deals outside of the EU.
Mr Juncker said in September: “I do not like that member states of the European Union, including those that are still a member state, are negotiating free trade agreements. This is an exclusive matter of the European Union.”
The comments were backed up by Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
Mr Muscat said: “It’s very clear that in order to sign and have a bilateral agreement with third countries, the UK first needs to reach a settlement with the EU.
Theresa May has insisted Brexit will happen on her terms
“This is rather clear, and I believe that it’s also in the minds of the British negotiators.
“The first priority is to ensure that the deal on the U.K.’s exit from the EU is ironed out.”