Barnier Gives UK Ultimatum Over Brexit Progress

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

Michel Barnier made the comments during a press conference on November 10, which followed the conclusion of the latest round of Brexit negotiations.

British families will be barred from taking their pets to the continent if Brexit negotiations collapse, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator has suggested. "Everyone needs to plan for it, member states and businesses alike".

He told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show the Government is "doing everything we can" to secure a good deal but is making sure that whatever happens in the talks, Britain can "make the best of them".

European Union leaders will gather in December to assess whether Brexit negotiations have made enough progress on the key issues of the divorce money, the border of Northern Ireland, and citizens' rights to start discussions on the future and trade.

Barnier's warning comes as pressure mounts on May's government to make progress on Brexit talks.

Michael Gove and Boris Johnson, who led the Brexit campaign but infamously split when Gove withdrew his support for Johnson's Tory leadership campaign to run himself, have also joined forces to tell the prime minister that transition arrangements for Britain's exit from the European Union must end in June 2021.

Amid reports that Theresa May is considering upping the country's offer with regard to the UK's "divorce bill" from the EU, Director of the Dublin-based Solonian Democracy Institute Dr. Roslyn Fuller told Radio Sputnik that London will have a hard time explaining to voters why they must continue paying billions to Brussels. "Our approach is that we want a comprehensive free trade agreement that is right for everyone". You can't take this man seriously, he is now negotiating absurdly. The UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has said it is time for both sides "to work to find solutions". This would have "consequences in multiple areas", he said, from "the capacity of British planes to land in Europe to that of dogs and cats to cross the Channel".

Barnier pointed out that after Brexit the United Kingdom will be a third country, and that it is not fully prepared for the consequences of leaving the bloc.

"The Prime Minister will be here right through Brexit, to my retirement as it were until the end of Brexit and she'll my boss for that - I'm quite certain of it", he said. Davis, however, said he would not accept a border between Great Britain and the island.

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