Another setback for Tory Brexit talks – the silly Ruperts thought they were entitled to set the pace

The key objective of Theresa May’s speech in Florence has been rejected by France and Germany [Image: PA Wire/PA Images].

Theresa May’s Florence speech can’t have been all that well-received if France and Germany are rejecting its main message.

This is what she gets for assuming she can dictate the pace of Brexit negotiations and the subjects under discussion.

It has been said before, and will be said again – the UK is the weaker participant in these talks; the EU can basically do what it wants and if Mrs May doesn’t like it, she’ll have to lump it.

See if she doesn’t.

Paris and Berlin will reportedly reject requests for Brexit talks to move on to a possible transitional arrangement until the so-called “divorce bill” is settled, in a huge setback to Theresa May after her well received speech in Florence.

In that speech, the Prime Minister proposed a two-year transitional period after the UK leaves the EU, in a bid to break the deadlock of the negotiations.

But, according to the Financial Times, any hope of moving on to discussion of establishing a transitional deal will be effectively vetoed by France and Germany, until the question the UK’s exit settlement is fully agreed.

Source: Theresa May’s Brexit plans in ruins after France and Germany ‘reject transitional arrangement’

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  1. 61chrissterry October 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    The EU are assuming that the UK will not walk away with a no deal or that a Labour Government will not be long in the making and they feel Labour will be more in tune with the UK and even agreed not to Brexit. The EU are playing a very dangerous game for nothing can be certain and it would benefit both the UK and the EU that all sides to work together and not one or both believing they are the top dog.

    If or when Brexit occurs a no deal will be disastrous for all concerned as in trade and many other areas the will and acceptance to work together will benefit all. In many aspects we all need each other and some more than others.

    It is my belief that if the EEC to become the EU had stayed to a large extent as it was pre 1975 then the call for the majority to go for Brexit would not have occurred. It is the unions in other areas which were not part of the 1975 referendum that have cemented the current situations. None of the Governments since 1975 have had a mandate from the UK population to differ from the 1975 situation.

    Yes, governments have come and gone since1975 but they won elections on their manifestos at the time of each election and even if the EU was within the manifesto people vote for a great number of reasons of which the manifesto is but one and therefore the individual elements of the manifesto cannot be assumed as the sole reason for gaining power.

    Lets be honest if it was down to Jeremy Corbyn he has not supported entry or continued remaining in the EEC or EU for all the years of the EEC and EU have been around. Now he is the Leader of the Opposition have his views or opinions changed and even if a party wins an Election there is no requirement for them to keep to their manifesto promises as they will not be answerable to the country until the next election.

  2. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl) October 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Not sure to which Rupert you are referring as I unable to download the attachment but I sincerely hope it was not me as I totally against Brexit in every shape or form.

    • NMac October 8, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Hear hear Rupert, and so are all sensible people who have this country’s interests at heart.

  3. Barry Davies October 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Well the idea that the eu could manage to negotiate its way out of a paper bag in 2 years is something that history has shown is impossible, they spend so much time wondering whether to call something a full stop or a period that years go by without them actually achieving anything. It’s pace is ultra super slow, and is just another reason not to be associated with it.

    • Mike Sivier October 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Barry, it’s the UK that is dragging its heels.

  4. NMac October 8, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Barry Davies clearly knows very little, if anything, about the EU and his posts are just bigoted nonsense. Whether he likes it or not, in or out, Britain is always going to be associated with our fellow European neighbours where, throughout history, most of this country’s trade trade has always been done.

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