Tory MP reveals THE key fact that has EU ‘WORRIED’ about Brexit after Barnier meeting


Craig Mackinlay revealed there are mixed views on Brexit between EU officials,  such as chief agent Michel Barnier and the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt. 

The Moderate MP, who met the two EU figures as part of the Common’s Brexit committee’s trip to Brussels, bring to light EU officials “fear” Germany will demand a trade deal as frontier between the remaining 27 member states appear on the Brexit delivery.

Speaking on BBC’s Daily Politics, Mr Mackinlay said: “I think we end up not really perceptive who the controlling mind is here. 

“We seem to have a Verhofstadt saying minor extent different things from Monsieur Barnier – who knows what the EU 27 are really thinking.”  

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Brexit news: Craig Mackinlay said the EU requirement respect the Brexit vote

A deal is not just good for one, it will be well-disposed for both of us

Craig Mackinlay

Mr Mackinlay said he got the impression Mr Barnier is “upset” the EU 27 countries will not be united on their Brexit stance. 

He rumoured: “I think that’s very much a fear because, you know, Germany has a leviathan trade surplus with the UK. There are two million German jobs reliant on the UK trade in. 

“And I think that ought to be in their minds rather more understandably that a deal is not just good for one, it will be good for both of us. 

“It pleasure be a positive sum deal. And if that requires a bespoke arrangement that is all right to Britain’s red lines, well they are going to have to be soft on their red rules as well.”

Mr Mackinlay insisted the EU needs to be more flexible in negotiations and etiquette Britain’s decision to leave the Brussels bloc. 

Members of the Exiting the European Gang Committee met with both Mr Barnier and the European Parliament’s Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt in Brussels on Monday. 

Three Brexiteers put in an appearance ated the event – Tory MPs John Whittingdale, Christopher Chope and Craig Mackinlay.

The group are believed to have discussed the terms of leaving, implementation and the tomorrows deal during their session.

Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt said on BBC’s Andrew Marr that a closing Brexit deal would not mean different arrangements for different cut ups of the economy. He said: “That will not be the outcome of these negotiations. It cannot be the wake.”

He added there will not be special dispensation for financial services, employment it “impossible”. 

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