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Britain will have two years to negotiate a Brexit deal when article 50 is triggered
The former Bulgarian prime minister Sergei Stanishev said last week: “At the moment, it seems like Mrs May thinks of the EU as a restaurant where she can walk in, order everything on the menu and then demand that the restaurant itself pays the bill.
“My view is this is creating an illusion for domestic purposes, or it’s wishful thinking.”
British negotiators are unable to compromise, and we will head for a crash-landing
Tomas Prouáš, the Czech minister for EU affairs
Formal talks will open next month and it seems parliamentary leaders are already setting out their Brexit positions.
Tomas Prouáš, the Czech minister for EU affairs, said: “The benefits go to the UK only, there is a real danger that British politics, with all its whipped-up resentments of Europe, will mean British negotiators are unable to compromise, and we will head for a crash-landing.”
EU politicians have claimed it will be almost impossible for a successful Brexit
Britain has been warned that it needs to change its tactics to successfully leave Europe.
Elmar Brok, a German MEP, close friend and political ally of Merkel’s, told the Guardian: “The British government tries to divide and rule.
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Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair and President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker have always shared a friendly relationship over the years.
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EU Commission President Juncker greets former British PM Blair in Brussels
“They believe they can take members of parliament out of certain nations… to win support by dividing us.
“If they try to negotiate while trying to interfere in our side then we can do that too. We can make a big fuss over Scotland or Northern Ireland.”
In September 2016 Verhofstadt was appointed lead Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament
Malta’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, said: “We want a fair deal for the UK, but that deal needs to be inferior to membership… Thinking it can be otherwise indicates a detachment from reality.”
When article 50 is triggered and the two-year negotiating period begins, European politicians believe the pressure will be on British negotiators. They add that the UK will leave without a free trade deal if they continue with the current approach.
Guy Verhofstadt, the Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament and the leader of the liberal ALDE group said: “Any attempts by UK ministers to divide EU countries will only slow down and complicate negotiations. The EU will negotiate as a united bloc.”
In addition, the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee have released a report claiming it will be “difficult, if not impossible” to get an agreement from all the EU countries.
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Gianni Pittella, leader of the socialist bloc in the parliament, said: “The UK’s apparent attempt to split Europe was certainly not the best way to kick off very complicated negotiations. This inappropriate attitude could undermine the outcome.”
He also hinted that Britain could be forced to become a low tax state in order to survive after Brexit: “I was surprised because I don’t think it is in the interests of the UK to open this phase in an aggressive way. We reject this blackmail.
"It is not fair, it is not elegant, it is not useful.”