Theresa May needs to return to a British style of politics during the EU exit negotiations
ThinkScotland has urged for calm as Britain gears up for two years of Brexit negotiations with the European Union (EU).
They said the ongoing row over Gibraltar showed hot-headedness was not a route worth taking during the immensely complicated period ahead.
The group made their appeal in an article entitled: “Guile rather than aggression is the likely British posture.”
A spokesman for the think tank warned Brussels will be playing hardball and Prime Minister Theresa May and her Brexit negotiators must not rise to the bait.
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The row over Gibraltar shows how cooler heads are needed during negotiations
They said: “Now that Article 50 notice has been served, the two sides are shaping up. What do we learn? First, we heard of Merkel’s relief that May used language signalling that the UK will stand by a telephone promise not to promote splits.
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According to a new index, the EU27 countries fall into three groups: hard-core, hard and soft. These are the countries with the highest scores which indicate a fairly strong opposition to Britain’s position
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France has the highest score in the index at 32.5
“Nonetheless a day later, Tusk was steadfast as to the agenda, exit bill and sector opt-outs. He offered hard words about deregulation and the ECJ and did not flinch from stepping on British corns by way of Gibraltar and Northern Ireland.”
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They said despite the EU’s tough stance, their negotiators, rather than Britain’s have more to lose.
The EU has more to lose than Britain, a think tank has claimed
The EU has the longer list of things which might go wrong
ThinkScotland think tank
ThinkScotland said: “Taking a two year view, the EU has the longer list of things which might go wrong: member states bolting agreed positions; elections in France, Germany and Italy; currency and banks in intensive care; challenges from Russia and the US, both ill-disposed; and porous borders opposite the world’s worst neighbourhood.
“By contrast, May is free of such existential challenges. She faces no domestic opposition: Corbyn is the despair of his party, Sturgeon is back in her box, and Heseltine’s preening rebellion reminds us of his 84 years.”
In other words, Mrs May needs to hold her composure, keep her cards close to the chess and let the Eurocrats in Brussels make their own mistakes.
Theresa May must keep her cool during EU negotiations
The piece concluded: “The UK can’t go after the EU aggressively.
“Meanwhile, Whitehall will be working away – sometimes quietly, sometimes showing a bit of leg – on border logistics, pro forma FTAs with third countries, tax and regulatory reform and WTO reversion: readying plan B against the early failure which is still the most likely prospect.”