The former EU Commissioner, who is set to receive a £35,000 annual pension from Brussels, told German newspaper Zeit: “Basically one can only advise the Europeans one thing – forget Great Britain and take care of your own interests.”
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He went on to argue that the “British government is entering the negotiations with the wrong basic attitude” and that its views on trade with the EU are “naive” and “ignorant”.
Gisela Stuart MP, chairwoman of pro-Brexit group Change Britain, said: “It’s deeply disappointing that he’s putting his generous EU pension and interests before the needs of the British public. I am beginning to wonder, whose side is he on?”
MP Gisela Stuart thinks it's disappointing that Mr Mandelson has put his EU pension before Britain Brexit Negotiations: Britain's sternest enemies Tue, April 4, 2017
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
Change Britain founding supporter Dominic Raab added: “Lord Mandelson’s comments are disgraceful.
Justice Minister Dominic Raab branded Lord Mandelson's comments as disgraceful
“He doesn’t just want Britain to get a bad deal, so he can say ‘I told you so’, he is actively urging the EU to offer us lousy terms.
He’s putting his vanity ahead of the country.”
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