Bri­tain holds aces in Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, - I read al­most daily ar­ti­cles on the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions and what the EU will do to the UK if we do not agree to their de­mands like an £85 mil­lion pay­ment plus EU courts over­see­ing EU res­i­dents’ rights in the UK.

This de­mand is non­sense and a ploy to take the light off the main prob­lem at present, the di­vorce bill which the EU will not doc­u­ment or clar­ify. I as­sume this is be­cause the EU has no au­dited fig­ures to jus­tify the de­mand. The UK stance at present is we will pay what we are due and noth­ing more un­til it is jus­ti­fied and fair.

Busi­ness ne­go­ti­a­tions are com­plex and a lit­tle like play­ing cards at times. If you hold three or four aces you are in a very strong po­si­tion.

The UK does on this oc­ca­sion in the form of huge pay­ments made monthly to Brus­sels. Should Mr Barnier walk away from the ne­go­ti­a­tions, the UK needs to with­hold the pay­ments un­til the EU pro­duces an ac­count for the di­vorce first then drops the de­mand for the UK supreme court to be sub­servient to EU courts. Then it is back to the ta­ble. The wild card held by the UK are the in­puts from the USA, Aus­tralia, New Zea­land, Canada and Ja­pan, all very keen to agree a trade deal with the UK.

The ne­go­ti­at­ing team needs to get a lot more ag­gres­sive (like Mr Juncker) and tell the other side how it re­ally is and walk away with the cheque book un­til the other side gets a lit­tle com­mon sense.

I was a strong sup­porter of the com­mon mar­ket but have never sup­ported nor seen the ben­e­fit of the EU as it is be­com­ing very ob­vi­ous the Ger­manFrench al­liance will dam­age the UK in the longer term if we do not stand up for our­selves. Ge­orge Sang­ster. Wood­lands, Lo­gie, Mon­trose.

Pic­ture: Getty.

Brexit sec­re­tary David Davis and EU chief ne­go­tia­tor Michel Barnier.

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