Published On: Sun, Feb 11th, 2018

Julia Hartley-Brewer TEARS into Brussels as cracks between Barnier and EU states widen


A draft report from the European Union suggested the bloc was attempting to use the transitional period to force the Britain to obey regulations or face a “suspension” of certain benefits. 

Tariffs could be imposed on UK goods and planes good be grounded as a result of a suspension of aviation rights if the regulations were not followed. 

Host Andrew Marr suggested coverage of the Brexit debate did not highlight issues the EU was having on the continent. 

He said: “Do you accept, however, that in a sense we pour over every splidge, on the British Government side, every inconsistency. 

“On the other side you have got major nations who now disagree with each other about the terms of Brexit and stress between the national capitals and Barnier’s team in Brussels on the other and we don’t very often report this.”

Ms Hartley-Brewer took a swipe at the BBC of its coverage of Brexit before she ripped into the

She said: “There is a major issue believing everything the anyone that the EU says is the word of God and everything else is being politicised here.

“There is a major issue here isn’t there the fact that we have got an organisation, the EU, which is basically happily going to do economic damage to its own member states and its own countrymen to punish us.”

The comments come amid suggestions in the Sunday Times that diplomats among EU countries are growing frustrated with the bloc’s position in Brexit negotiations and are fearing a UK walkout.

This week the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has taken a strong stance against the UK and on Friday warned if the UK left the customs union and single market it would leave to a border in Ireland placing the Peace Agreement at risk. 

said: “If these disagreements persist, the transition is not a given. 

“To be frank I am surprised by these disagreements. The positions of the EU are very logical.

“It is important, to tell the truth. A UK decision to leave the single market and to leave the customs union would make border checks unavoidable.

“The sooner the UK makes its choices the better. I wasn’t talking about a threat when I talked about the transition.”

The comments come after the Frenchman earlier the week told the UK it had to “make up its mind” on what it wanted in the second phase of negotiations.

The Prime Minister has held meetings this week with frontbenchers and her Brexit committee to create a united front for the next round of talks.



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