Brexit: Barnier blames Tory ‘low blows, quarrels and betrayals’ for consequence of talks


The end result of Brexit negotiations between Britain and the EU was once made up our minds by way of “the quarrels, low blows, more than one betrayals and thwarted ambitions of a definite selection of Tory MPs”, Michel Barnier has stated.

British politicians, pushed by way of home agendas, did not snatch the results of the 2016 referendum vote to go away the union, its leader negotiator stated in his diaries.

The Nice Phantasm, Mr Barnier’s account of the protracted talks, has been printed in France with extracts reported by way of The Father or mother.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a thumbs up gesture after signing the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement at 10 Downing Street, Westminster.
Boris Johnson after signing the EU-UK Business and Cooperation Settlement. Believe eroded after he turned into top minister, Mr Barnier says

The Frenchman claims the British started the method by way of “speaking to themselves” and ended it with “political piracy”.

Boris Johnson, he writes, complicated “like a bulldozer, obviously looking to muscle his approach forwards” with out absolutely working out the felony complexities of the negotiations.

After he succeeded Theresa Would possibly as top minister, believe between the negotiating groups “regularly eroded”.

He pours scorn on Mr Johnson’s “derisory… nearly childish” threats to stroll clear of negotiations on a business deal, pronouncing it was once “a psychodrama we can have completed with out”, the paper added.

Within the diaries, Ms Would possibly is handled extra kindly, described as “direct, satisfied of what she says, desires to impose her authority”.

[She] desires to barter “a Brexit with minimal harm, even supposing she believed this is able to be a destructive match for the United Kingdom”, Mr Barnier writes.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24:  Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street on May 24, 2019 in London, England. The prime minister has announced that she will resign on Friday, June 7, 2019.  (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Theresa Would possibly was once ‘tenacious’ and ‘brave’, consistent with Mr Barnier’s diaries

Mrs Would possibly was once “a brave, tenacious girl surrounded by way of numerous males busy placing their private pursuits prior to the ones in their nation,” the paper stated, and “exhausted herself, in an everlasting combat along with her personal ministers and along with her parliamentary majority”.

A few of his most harsh phrases are reserved for his British reverse quantity within the talks, David Frost, whom he accuses of “the usage of threats and false accusations”.

Mr Barnier believed Brexit has led to the issues in Eire and Northern Eire, however Mr Frost’s view was once that problems there had existed for hundreds of years.

Protecting Eire, Mr Barnier advised him: “I like this nation very a lot and the individuals who are living there.”

Nigel Farage celebrates the Brexit referendum result at a Leave.EU party
Nigel Farage, celebrating the Brexit referendum consequence, was once ‘mild’ in personal, Mr Barnier says

As for his arch-nemesis, Nigel Farage, he says, in personal, the Brexiteer “is simply as pleasant and delicate as he’s violent and incendiary in public”.

Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab had “a messianic glow”, he says after their first assembly.

One in every of his warmest recollections is of being seated subsequent to the Queen at a state lunch in 2004, the diaries disclose.

Undecided of his English, he requested her the right way to say “Vive l’Entente cordiale”.

Her Majesty answered: “You should say ‘Lengthy are living the Entente Cordiale’.

“By no means prior to had I imagined having one of these prestigious trainer,” he says.

His mantra all through the tortuous negotiations was once “Stay Calm and Negotiate”, he says, and he was once later presented a purple mug with the ones phrases on it, which he saved in his place of job.


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