EU Chiefs are “tearing their hair out” with Labour’s “mad” Brexit policy and regret forming an alliance with Jeremy Corbyn.
Brussels are stunned at Corbyn’s plans to negotiate a deal and then campaign to stay in the bloc and now feel they “made mistakes” by cozying up to lefty labour boss.
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An EU source, close to Brexit negotiations, told the Times: “They want us to negotiate a ‘credible’ deal and then they will campaign against it in a referendum?
“That is mad. How can we negotiate with people like that?”
“Their divisions and magical thinking are as bad as anything the Conservatives produced — perhaps worse.”
They want us to negotiate a ‘credible’ deal and then they will campaign against it in a referendum? That is mad. How can we negotiate with people like that?”
It is believed that EU officials now regret relationships with Remainer Labour grandees like Sir Keir Starmer, shadow Brexit Secretary, former PM Tony Blair and Lord Mandleson.
They believe Sir Keir in particular has contributed to Brexit chaos in Westminster that impacted the bloc on getting a deal with Theresa May.
The ex-PM’s loathed Withdrawal Agreement was defeated three times in the Commons by MPs.
Labour’s blast from EU chiefs come after Boris Johnson has been holding crunch talks over the Northern Irish backstop.
The backstop, the most controversial element of May’s deal, has been a constant stumbling block in Brexit negotiations.
Bo-Jo told a People’s PMQ’s session that he “would not accept” any form of backstop in talks with the bloc because it “simply doesn’t work for the UK”.
The PM was handed a boost this week when Phil Hogan, a nominee for EU trade commissioner, said the “penny had dropped” after he suggested an “all-Ireland” farming market after our divorce from the bloc.
He later told RTE: “I also note that the British prime minister has moved away from his position…where he’s now prepared to look at divergence of certain rules and regulations on the island of ireland vis-a-vis the United Kingdom.
But crucially we will not accept either a Northern Ireland only Backstop that simply doesn’t work for United Kingdom. I’m on your side were trying to sort this out, we will, we work very for a deal and we’re making great progress.
“So I think there’s movement happening on both sides.”
Under the plan, Northern Ireland would match Irish and EU rules in certain sectors after Brexit to avoid the need for a hard border.
The idea mimics a compromise offer The Sun revealed European capitals were brainstorming – where the province would mirror Brussels on animal and plant health.
It threatens to enrage Ulster unionists by effectively putting a virtual border down the Irish Sea between Britain and Northern Ireland.
During his Q&A, live-streamed on Facebook today, the PM ruled out an “all Ireland” border.
He told Brits: “The UK will not accept the current Withdrawal Agreement.
“But crucially we will not accept either a Northern Ireland only Backstop that simply doesn’t work for United Kingdom.
“I’m on your side were trying to sort this out, we will, we work very for a deal and we’re making great progress.
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“I had some very good talks with Leo Varadkar in Dublin. I’ve talked to Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel and the mood is changing, the ice flows are cracking.
“We can do this thing absolutely, but we what cannot dot is fail to honour the commitment that parliamentarians made to British people – and that’s to come out of the EU and not extend Article 50.
“Once Brexit is done we can get on with taking the country forward.”
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