De­lay­ing is ‘a dis­as­ter for ev­ery­one’

Daily Express - - Race On To Save Brexit - By Sam Lis­ter

A SE­NIOR EU min­is­ter has called for some “give” from Brus­sels to help break the Brexit stale­mate.

Anna Maria An­ders, the Pol­ish sec­re­tary of state for in­ter­na­tional di­a­logue, said the on­go­ing uncer­tainty over Bri­tain’s exit from the bloc was a “dis­as­ter for ev­ery­body”.

Ask­ing vot­ers to go back to the bal­lot box in a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum would be the “worst sce­nario, be­cause we start all over again”, she warned.

Ms An­ders’ de­ci­sion to speak out re­flects the grow­ing ten­sions across the rest of the EU about the prob­lems in se­cur­ing an exit agree­ment.

Brus­sels has been de­ter­mined to en­sure the re­main­ing 27 coun­tries put on a united front to stop Bri­tain cap­i­tal­is­ing on any di­vi­sions.

No 10 is hop­ing for a let­ter from Brus­sels set­ting out as­sur­ances over use of the back­stop mea­sure to avoid a hard Ir­ish bor­der be­fore MPs vote on the Brexit deal to­mor­row. But it is feared the doc­u­ment will do lit­tle to per­suade op­po­nents of the with­drawal agree­ment, who want guar­an­tees writ­ten into law.

“I think a lit­tle bit of give on Brus­sels’ part would be good,” Ms An­ders told a news­pa­per. “Right now they are re­fus­ing to com­pro­mise. Frankly I just wish that we would get on with it.

“This pe­riod of uncer­tainty is a dis­as­ter. It is a dis­as­ter for ev­ery­body. It has weak­ened the lead­er­ship in this coun­try ter­ri­bly and peo­ple want to move on.”

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