Published On: Thu, Sep 26th, 2019

Brexit news: EU ‘regretting crazy punitive policy towards UK’ as deal hopes surge | UK | News


Boris Johnson seems to be suffering defeat after defeat at the moment. Earlier this month, MPs passed a law aimed at blocking no deal and then refused to back his bid for a general election. To make things worse, on Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that his prorogation of Parliament was unlawful.

The President of the UK’s highest court, Lady Hale, claimed that in their view, the suspension “had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification”.

The Prime Minister is now facing a heavy grilling in the House of Commons – with a string of MPs asking him to resign.

Despite the setbacks though, it appears that Mr Johnson’s promise to get Brexit done might indeed be delivered.

Last week, both Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, signalled their readiness to compromise.

Moreover, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Italian MEP Marco Campomenosi, one of the League’s 28 European parliamentarians, also suggested a breakthrough in the negotiations.

Describing the current atmosphere in Brussels, Mr Campomenosi claimed EU chiefs have started regretting the punitive behaviour they had adopted with the EU.

He said: “I must say that Britain and the European Union are both paying the consequences of who badly negotiated in the past two years.

“Basically, the European Commission wanted to act with a punitive attitude towards the UK.

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“It was a crazy attitude.

“Today, someone in the European Union is regretting it, because there are serious concerns for no deal from the Italian, French, German companies that exploit the UK a lot.

“They are only now realising how Britain, being a buyer of products and services that come from Italy, Germany, and France, has a very strong negotiating power.”

The Italian eurosceptic argued it was absurd that Theresa May, a “negotiator who did not believe in Brexit”, led the negotiations for the past two years.

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He concluded: “That’s why the problems immediately emerged.”

In a boost for the Prime Minister, Mr Campomenosi added: “Today, there is perhaps space for a negotiation that may allow Boris Johnson to pursue something that is not necessarily a no deal Brexit.

“Citizens are not really understanding what the reasons for this are.”



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