Britain is now likely to leave the European Union without a deal due to the “intransigence” of the European Union, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the Sunday Times.
The pro-Brexit minister said that the chances of a no-deal Brexit were now “60-40”, laying the blame on EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier.
“I think the intransigence of the commission is pushing us towards no deal,” he said. “If the EU decides that the theological obsession of the unelected is to take priority over the economic well-being of the people of Europe then it’s a bureaucrats’ Brexit—not a people’s Brexit—then there is only going to be one outcome.”
He said Barnier had rejected Premier Theresa May’s latest plan, agreed by her Cabinet, on the grounds that “we have never done it before”. It was, therefore, up to the EU to “show us one that they can suggest that would be acceptable to us,” said Fox.
“It’s up to the EU27 to determine whether they want the EU Commission’s ideological purity to be maintained at the expense of their real economies.”
May met with French President Emmanuel Macron on the Mediterranean coast on Friday to lobby for her Brexit plan, which has divided her government and so far failed to win over EU negotiators.
The PM has just a few months before an agreement on Britain’s divorce from the European Union—set for March 29, 2019—must be forged in principle ahead of a EU summit in mid-October. -AFP