John Redwood Slams Brussels: ‘You Are Lucky We Are Being So Generous’
Conservative MP John Redwood (pictured above) has hit out at the tactics being employed by the EU negotiating team in Brussels, saying that the UK did not receive a ‘welcome gift’ when it joined the EU and so there was no reason why it should feel obliged to provide a ‘leaving present’ to the bloc.
Mr Redwood said: “We are making them a very generous offer of a great future relationship which will be good for them and us.
“It shouldn’t be a fight. It’s terribly easy: we are a generous partner of the European Union.
The Tory MP said the European Union needed to accept the UK will be leaving by 2019 and focus on striking a new deal.
He said: “In the next 19 months, the EU has to understand we are leaving and they need a good, positive relationship with us just as we are offering them.
Mr Redwood has been openly opposed to paying a divorce bill to the EU, claiming that the UK “owes nothing” to Brussels.
“The treaties make no provision for making a ‘leaving present’ to the EU when we go, just as we didn’t get a welcome present when we arrived.”
Mr Redwood’s comments come after EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier claimed the UK was not taking the Brexit negotiations seriously.
EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker doubled down on Britain, saying there was no chance trade talks could start before the divorce was settled.
He said: “We need to be crystal clear that we will commence no negotiations on the new relationship particularly the new economic and trade relationship between the UK and the EU before all these questions are resolved…that is to say the divorce between the EU and the UK.”
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.