Speaking in Parliament, Dutch MEP Derk Jan Eppink hit out at the EU while also reminding the members states that the bloc would not even exist without the UK’s help. In his speech, Mr Jan Eppink commented on the vast new financial aid package put forward by Germany and France which will give greater power to the EU Commission. He added: “The UK won’t be involved in the rebuild of Europe.
“But we wouldn’t be here without the UK.
“We are punishing the Brits out over a democratic vote.
“We’re just a small pedantic club with no strategic vision.
“We welcome the Balkans while we push the Brits out the exit.”
The MEP’s comments come as the war of words between the two sides continued today as Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen claimed the EU will not compromise on its core values.
There have been several areas of divergence between the two sides, most notably fisheries and the concept of a level playing field.
A level playing field is whereby businesses agree to a set of principles in order to stop one state undercutting the other.
There had been fear from the EU side the UK could drop taxes and certain rules post-Brexit to attract businesses to Britain away from Brussels.
While the EU has stated it will not back down, Ms von der Leyen did concede following a meeting with Boris Johnson this week that an extension will not be requested.
She said today: “The negotiations with the UK always promised to be difficult and they have not disappointed.
“We are now halfway through these negotiations with five months left to go.
“But we’re definitely not halfway through the work to reach an agreement.
“We will do all in our power to reach an agreement.”
More to follow…
Published at Wed, 17 Jun 2020 20:34:00 +0000