Mr Giro said he couldn't imagine Europe without the UK
Speaking on Newsnight, Mario Giro described upcoming negotiations as “a daunting task”, and said Britain’s EU exit will be “painful”.
He added: “It is a failure, we are all responsible and we have to act quickly and with fairness.
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“It is very complicated, and we don’t know exactly how to handle it [Brexit] – it is the first time… there is the example of Greenland, but it was years and years ago and it was a little thing… the UK is a big thing.
“I say we need to be quick because the financial markets [allow] us no time.”
Mr Giro went on to claim every part of Theresa May’s 12-point Brexit plan is “deliverable”, and given that he could play a key role in the EU’s discussions this certainly appears to be a boost for Britain’s exit from the crumbling bloc.
The Italian minister said he was not looking forward to an EU without Britain
“Everything is negotiable and then, also deliverable.
“The tone of the White Paper is a good one.
“In general, there is no supplicants in this story – of course it’s a failure [that] we have to divide but we have to be fair and the White Paper says ‘what are the best results for both?’”
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However, the politician added trade links between the UK and the EU would the be hardest issue to overcome post-Brexit, with early talks set to be held without Britain’s representatives present.
Mr Giro said: “Of course the common market is very important for us, it’s the building block of the EU.
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“The idea of having bilateral trade agreements – it’s a long job.”
The Italian minister went on to bemoan Britain’s EU exit and promised to work hard to ensure both parties continue to cooperate, particular on research and defence issues.
“Look, I cannot imagine Europe with the UK.
“There is no kind of European defence with the UK – that means also after defence, anti-terrorism and security intelligence… in the other field of research we need to be very cooperative.”
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