Mr Caspary of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade suggested the UK’s divorce with the EU would take longer than Theresa May’s two year timeline and the length of time its taken to pass Article 50 highlighted how long the overall process would take.
Speaking on World at One on BBC Radio 4, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany party member said: “I don’t see any free trade agreement between the European Union and Great Britain because we normally do trade agreements with countries who want to work closer together with us and not want to get divorced.
“The second thing is before the British complain about possible duration of negotiations, of course negotiations have always two sides, so there’s a British side and a European side and the next thing is it now took us nine months for the British to hand in this letter to formally say ‘we want to leave the European Union’.
Theresa May is set to trigger Article 50 next month
We normally do trade agreements with countries who want to work closer together with us and not want to get divorced
“So if it takes a country nine months, the same country should not complain about negotiations which may take some years.”
Meanwhile, Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s chief negotiator, has threatened Theresa May with a hefty bill for Britain’s outstanding liabilities, if she continues to guide the country out of the EU.
The European Parliament’s top Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, went one step further and suggested the bill could be as high as £500billion, adding it was a reality that Britain would have to face.
Elizabeth Jones, a member of Ukip’s National Executive Committee, insisted Mr Barnier’s apparent call for Britain to continue to fund projects the EU was committed to while it was still a member, was “rubbish”.
She said: “They are desperate to keep us trapped and desperate to keep us frightened of leaving.
“I think it is absolute rubbish… How is he going to get the money out of us?”
The Prime Minister is expected to start the formal process for Britain’s exit from the beleaguered EU by triggering Article 50 in one month.
She will reportedly begin Brexit on March 9, to ensure the UK will be free of Brussels control by April 2019.
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