Member States of the EU at Odds Over “Hard Line” Stance on Brexit


It has emerged that member states of the European Union are increasingly at odds over the “hard-line” stance that is taken by Germany, France, and the Commission over the future trade deal of the United Kingdom.

Last night, the director of the think tank Centre for European Reform, Charles Grant, posted a tweet that approximately 10-to-12 countries had “some concerns” regarding the approach that is being taken by the traditional core of the European Union. He said that the concerns were “particularly on the narrow scope of the deal that they appear to want to offer the UK.”

Grant tweeted: “But that dozen have different priorities and no leader, so [France, Germany and the Commission] could win the argument.”

Grant, the former journalist, stated that while the current divergence was in the interest of the United Kingdom “as it may – possibly – lead to a softening of the Fra/Ger/Comm line.” He warned that it is “probably not good for the UK” in the long run. No such agreement could lead the way for a no deal at all, ending in the much-feared cliff-edge scenario.

Grant also noted the increasing frustration within the EU27 at a lack of clarity from the government of the United Kingdom,

It is anticipated that the coming ten days will give some relief on that front as a series of high profile speeches that will be made by Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, and some of her top team members which includes David Davis, Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, and David Lidington. They are expected to set out the vision of the government of the United Kingdom for Brexit.