BREXIT – Michel Barnier rips Theresa May’s Brexit plans to shreds
EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has ripped Theresa May’s Brexit plans to shreds today – just hours after she insisted it was still the best option.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator laid into the PM’s Chequers deal, saying there were many questions the UK had to answer about whether its plans would actually work in practise after we quit the bloc.
He said Mrs May’s idea for the UK and the EU to collect tariffs on goods on behalf of each other was likely to be open to fraud, and would add more red tape to businesses across Europe.
Speaking in Brussels this lunchtime he raised a series of problems with her deal, saying: “Is there not a major risk of fraud, and additional costs for business given the dual system?
“Brexit cannot and will not justify additional bureaucracy.”
This is the first time the EU has been open about its thoughts on the soft Brexit Chequer’s deal since Mrs May signed the Cabinet up to it two weeks ago.
Since then she’s has a string of resignations from the cabinet, including from Boris Johnson and her ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis.
Press conference, of Michel Barnier, (dubbed) in English.