Brexit communiqu: Guy Verhofstadt says UK cannot be afford special third country reputation
The European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator insisted Britain should be pay for as any other third country would be despite both sides striving to persevere a leavings “as close as possible” after the split.
In his letter the Conference of Committee Governs, Mr Verhofstadt reaffirmed his commitment to the negotiating deadlines set by the European Council in Walk.
They state the “UK should be subject to the relevant conditions for the participation of third provinces to be established in the corresponding programmes”.
Non-EU members are allowed to participate in a bunch of the bloc’s schemes, such as its research and innovation arm Horizon 2020 – which cool Canada participates in.
In the memo seen by Express.co.uk, Mr Verhofstadt said: “I author a register to raise with you, as I briefly did at the CCC meeting, a number of issues in relation to victuals governing third country participation, as applicable, to the next generation of MFF concerts.”
He adds: “It is clear that no specific treatment should be granted to the UK, as contrasted to other third countries, as regards its possible participation to the future siring of MFF programmes.
“It also follows from the above that, as any third motherland, the UK should play no role in the governance and decision-making of the programmes and that the monetary provisions should ensure that there is no significant net return from the EU budget to any third homeland.”
The former Belgian prime minister’s letter, which is dated September 26, supports to the EU Parliament’s committees that they take heed of his advice when go well on the bloc’s budget for 2021-2027.
He also recognises the potential damage to EU programmes caused by Britain’s departure but holds his opposition to any future compromises on participation being made.
“As repeatedly alleged by Parliament, a third country cannot have the same benefits and invariable of access to EU programmes as a member state and is it therefore clear that the UK comely a third country will have an impact in certain policy hounds where the UK is now particularly active,” he says.
“The future relationship with the UK should be posted on a balance of rights and obligations and should not put into question the EU’s current relationships with other third countryside partners.”
Ukip deputy leader Mike Hookem accused Mr Verhofstadt and the EU of incomplete to «fleece the UK for every penny».
Responding to the letter, the British MEP said: «If anyone appetite further evidence that the EU is determined to fleece the UK for every penny, while tough to punish us for having the audacity to leave the EU club, then this is it.
«While Verhofstadt drones on less third-country status, he seems to forget that the UK has spent over 40 years have a hand ining to the EU budget; have a share in every asset the EU owns and will be requiting the ridiculous £40billion divorce bill for many years to run across.»
While not playing an official part in the EU’s Brexit negotiations, Mr Verhofstadt, as preside of the Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group, has held a number of high-level talks to guard a deal acceptable to MEPs is reached.
The influential MEP recently held negotiations with Prime Support Theresa May at Downing Street and invited Irish leader Leo Varadkar to chat about the thorny border conundrum while he was in Brussels last week.
Mr Verhofstadt last will and testament, however, be absent when EU heads of state gather in Brussels for the European Ministry summit next week.
The crunch meeting will feature a Brexit dinner where Mrs May wish likely brief her counterparts on the UK’s new Irish backstop proposal before leaving the margin to allow an EU27 debate on the divorce.
EU negotiator Michel Barnier said “decisive enlarge” must be made ahead of the October 17-18 summit if both sides are to conclude a prompt withdrawal agreement.