Juncker has been hold­ing up progress on Brexit deal

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BREXIT cam­paign­ers Leave Means Leave have writ­ten to Theresa May urg­ing her to walk away from the Brexit talks if dis­cus­sions over trade have not started by the end of the year. By the start of Jan­uary it will have been nine months since Ar­ti­cle 50 was trig­gered and the two-year ne­go­ti­a­tion pe­riod of­fi­cially be­gan. We can­not wait much longer for the EU to de­cide it is ready to get down to business.

Still though the EU’s odi­ous bu­reau­crat-in-chief Jean-Claude Juncker in­sists we will need “mir­a­cles” for trade talks to start soon. Re­ally all we need is for him to change his mind, stop trying to pun­ish Bri­tain for leav­ing and start work­ing con­struc­tively with the mil­lions of Bri­tons and Euro­peans who all want to reach a deal.

One might not call this a mir­a­cle but at the very least it would re­quire Juncker to un­dergo his own Da­m­a­scene con­ver­sion.

Brexit, a bold move­ment to take power away from the Euro­crats and re­turn it to the peo­ple’s elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives, is the an­tithe­sis of ev­ery­thing he rep­re­sents.

Ear­lier this week David Davis and Michel Barnier hosted an up­beat press con­fer­ence where they re­ported progress on talks had been made. We know that EU lead­ers, not will­ing to risk a trade war, also want to wrap up a deal quickly.

When so many peo­ple want a deal it is shame­ful that Juncker per­sists in his fed­er­al­ist rant­ing. The best thing both sides can do to get talks un­der way is side­line this di­vi­sive fig­ure and work to­gether with­out him.

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