Davis Tells Edinburgh Fringe Audience: ‘Barnier Wants Us In Until 2029’
Brexit secretary David Davis made a surprise appearance last night as a special guest of former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond (both pictured above) in his much hyped and now sold out show at this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The Assembly Rooms audience were clearly shocked when Mr. Davis was unveiled as Salmond’s first guest, but nowhere near as shocked as they were when he revealed that Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief negotiator, started the Brexit negotiations by telling Mr. Davis that he did want the UK to fully leave the European Union until 2029!!
The Brexit Secretary revealed Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, insisted Britain should spend two years negotiating the divorce from the bloc before using a whole decade to negotiate “future market arrangements”. Mr. Davis said:
‘He (Barnier) said that what the transition period will look like is down to the negotiations.
‘I kept saying ‘don’t call it the transition period’ because that means something different to absolutely everyone.
Despite their opposing viewpoints on leaving the EU, Mr Salmond and Mr Davis enjoyed a lighthearted chat as he brought the Brexit secretary out as his first Fringe guest, introducing him as ‘the next prime minister of the United Kingdom, perhaps the last prime minister of the United Kingdom’.
Mr Salmond said his friend was ‘the acceptable face of the Brexiteers and certainly the one who knows what he’s talking about’.
He suggested that the two sides could decide to opt for a transitional agreement that would continue certain aspects of single market access by simply adhering to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The expert said:
‘It specifies you can have an interim arrangement. It’s not an offence of WTO principles and there’s no time frame specified. So who’s to say it couldn’t last up to 10 years?’
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.