The authority of Theresa May to negotiate and reach a Brexit deal is doubted by Senior European diplomats.
On Thursday, officials from across the European Union held discussions in Brussels as fears develop that negotiations regarding transition and withdrawal will be delayed as there hasn’t been “sufficient progress” in negotiations so far and that Theresa May might soon be replaced as prime minister.
A diplomat informed the Times newspaper: “We can’t take the risk of going forward if her government might fall before December. What are her commitments worth to other EU leaders if she is a lame duck or gone?”
The European Council will come up with the decision on whether Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, is given a command to progress negotiations regarding a future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union in two weeks.
On Tuesday, before the European Parliament decided to say they did not think Brexit talks should be all, owed to advance, Barnier stated: “We have not yet achieved sufficient progress to undertake in full confidence the second phase of negotiations.”
Theresa May’s position has been placed in doubt after Boris Johnson’s repeated interventions before her ill-fated conference speech on Wednesday.
The momentum created by the concessions made by Theresa May in her Florence speech’s has been discontinued by the re-emergence of the discussion over her premiership’s future.
A European negotiator stated: “The Tories have to decide what they want. It remains undecided so now the unrest will continue. It is not good for the negotiations. We want clarity.”
There are concerns in Europe that the foreign secretary, Johnson, is in position to succeed May, and would require a much harder Brexit.
A source from the EU informed the Times: “Can we seriously talk about a transition when Britain’s foreign minister is opposed and her government is so publicly split? People say, ‘It’s just Boris being Boris’, but he is a senior member of her government and might be her successor. We have to take him seriously, even if Brits don’t.”
Boris Johnson has stated that he is opposed to the transition plans of the prime minister due to its suggested length, and the United Kingdom being forced to accept Europena Union laws and regulations during the said period.
German businesses warned of “very hard” Brexit
The Federation of German Industries has warned German companies in the United Kingdom that they should be prepared for a “very hard” Brexit or they could experience heavy losses.
Joachim Lang, the BDI’s managing director, stated: “The British government is lacking a clear concept despite talking a lot.
“German companies with a presence in Britain and Northern Ireland must now make provisions for the serious case of a very hard exit. Anything else would be naive.”
It was announced by the organisation that it had organized a taskforce in order to prepare for a hard Brexit, saying that the Tory conference had revealed “just how split” ministers were over the direction of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
Lang stated: “The unbundling of one of Germany’s closest allies is unavoidably connected with high economic losses.”
German companies feel “not only that the sword of Damocles of insecurity is hovering over them, but even more so that they are exposed to the danger of massive devaluation,” said Lang.
Businesses from Germany export about £75.8 billion to the United Kingdom every year and employ around 400,000 workers in Britain.