Hookem: UK A ‘Client State’ Of EU Under Tusk Demands
Mike Hookem, UKIP MEP and Deputy Leader, has said he doubts Theresa May has the “strength of character” to win a good deal for Britain in the second round of Brexit negotiations.
Mr Hookems comments follow on from Donald Tusk spelling out a list of demands that the UK will be expected to meet during the so-called transition period. He said that Britain would have to continue paying into the EU Budget, be subject to existing and any new EU Laws and remain in the single market and customs union all while losing its group of MEP’s. He warned that accepting these demands would turn the UK into a “client state” of the EU:
“While the transitional deal is being marketed to the public as a two-year period, the consequences of such a move would potentially impact the UK for decades.
“The devil is very much in the detail of Tusk’s demands.
“Not only will we continue to pay into the EU during the transition period, follow all EU law and continue to be governed by the ECJ, we will more crucially have to adopt any new EU legislation as a third-party state.”
Since the UK will have no representatives in the decision-making bodies of the EU they could write anything they want too into UK law. Mr Hookem added that he expected Mrs May’s pattern of capitulation to continue:
“Mrs May’s weakness so far has allowed the EU to walk all over the UK in the first phase of negotiations and I have little doubt this pattern will continue in the second round of talks.”
It would be a total surprise if any other pattern were to emerge after a week in which it has become totally clear that the government intends to sabotage Brexit.