So who will blink first... us or the EU?

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THAT Mrs May made lit­tle progress in the re­cent Euro­pean min­is­te­rial meet­ings was not a sur­prise.

David Davies was cor­rect when he said Michel Barnier was play­ing a wait­ing game.

So the pe­riod be­tween now and the next meet­ing of Euro­pean min­is­ters in De­cem­ber will be a real test of nerve on the part of our Bri­tish ne­go­tia­tors.

No weak­ness must be shown other­wise the de­mands by Eu­rope will in­crease.

It is not just Messrs Barnier, Juncker and Tusk that have to re­alise that Bri­tain also has a red line when it comes to hard cash, but ad­di­tion­ally the other 27 na­tions who have the fi­nal say.

The likes of Lithua­nian Pres­i­dent, Dalia Gry­bauskaite are al­ready in­di­cat­ing the di­vorce pay­ment must be a lot more than that in­di­cated in May in her Florence speech.

There has to be a unan­i­mous vote by the other mem­ber states to give ap­proval to any set­tle­ment, so just one dis­sent­ing voice could scup­per any deal that is some­how cob­bled to­gether.

There was the faint glim­mer how­ever, that some re­al­i­sa­tion is creep­ing into Euro­pean think­ing. Af­ter all, if the UK walked, made no di­vorce pay­ment and adopted WTO rules, it would be Eu­rope that would suf­fer most in terms of cash.

It is now ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial that our Prime Min­is­ter must be res­o­lute and stick by the of­fer she made in her Florence speech, an of­fer which does not seem to en­joy the sup­port of some of her min­is­te­rial and party friends.

They think that al­ready she has gone too far.

Theresa May must not show any sign of weak­ness what­so­ever dur­ing the run up to the De­cem­ber meet­ing.

She and our Brexit team must out-stare the un­elected Euro­pean bu­reau­crats.

There must be no sign of the blink­ing of an eye by any­body, other­wise Euro­pean de­mands will just es­ca­late.

As mat­ters stand now, I think that there is only a 50/50 chance of cut­ting a deal.

It is time for Bri­tain’s ne­go­tia­tors to be res­o­lute. Rus­sell Luck­ock is chair­man of Birm­ing­ham press­ings

firm AE Har­ris

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