UK Warned Chances of 2019 EU Exit ‘Close To Zero’ – Verhoftstadt To Blame
The Deputy Head of the European Parliament’s Industry, Research & Energy Committee, Hans-Olaf Henkel, has blamed EU negotiator Guy Verhofstadt (pictured above) for the ‘disaster of Brexit’ and has warned that because of Mr. Verhofstadt’s actions the chances of a deal before 2019 were ‘close to zero’. The German MEP said that, despite assurances to the contrary, that he belives Mr. Verhofstadt is determined to ‘punish the British’:-
‘Mr Verhofstadt now wants to punish the British, full stop. He says he doesn’t want to, but I’m afraid he does.
‘My impression is that Mr Barnier wants to do the same. The reason is simple. They would seek to make sure that Brexit is such a catastrophe that no country dares to take the step of leaving the EU again.’
Mr Henkel, a former chief executive of IBM, does not agree with the nature of negotiations so far and wants to forge a relationship with the UK after Brexit.
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‘My position is that the EU must accommodate the British. That will mean some give and take on both sides.’
Meanwhile investment committee member at Quilvest Wealth Management, Bob Parker, told CNBC that there is ‘extreme uncertainty’ about the probability of Brexit negotiations being completed by March 2019.
‘We do not know how the Brexit negotiations will evolve and we don’t know whether the timetable of March 2019 is going to be adhered to. I think frankly the probability of that happening is close to zero.’
Parker explained that May’s government are not ready of Brexit and referred to Sir Vince Cable’s statement about the fact that Brexit ‘may never happen’.
If this analysis is correct it would mean that another round of European Parliamentary elections would be taking place BEFORE Britain leaves the EU. If that was the case then the UK would be allowed to participate in them as they would still be members of the bloc. It could provide a crucial opportunity for UKIP to regain the initiative if this were to happen, as they could argue with substance that the Brexit process had stalled. It could also stave off the looming financial crisis that the party faces with the loss of its 20 MEP’s.
Westmonster Dave is the editor of alt-politics.com