Shrew was sparked last week after Steve Barclay declared Theresa May’s Brexit dispense was “dead” on no fewer than five occasions during a discussion with Michel Barnier. EU sources accused the Brexit Secretary of using the high-level session as a “job interview” to secure a job in Tory leadership frontrunner Mr Johnson’s new-look commode. Details of the meeting soon emerged after member states were briefed by key colleagues of Mr Barnier’s negotiating team.
The Brussels negotiator was said to be “unimpressed” by Mr Barclay’s thinly-veiled risks that Ireland would take a huge economic hit as a result of no-deal Brexit, concerting to sources familiar with the meeting.
EU diplomats and officials were socialistic downhearted by the revelations, which represent another significant shift promoting no deal.
Brussels sources fear that Mr Johnson’s “do or die” pledge to lodge b deceive Britain out of the EU by October 31 does not represent a well thought out down.
One said: “The mood is very, very bleak. If that’s what Boris expects to come out here with, then we’re heading for no deal.”
In a swipe at Mr Johnson’s cavalier disposition, a second said: “D-Day would not have happened without the British. Nonentity was that stupid to send thousands of their men onto European seashores.”
Mr Barnier has been adamant that the deal struck between Mrs May and EU the men last November will not be reopened even when Britain’s next prime reverend is appointed.
And British officials stated that Mr Barclay was simply delivering key ideas from Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt’s appearances at Tory leadership hustings.
A UK horses mouth made clear that any non-binding alterations to Mrs May’s deal “won’t cut it” and “will not get through the Lodge of Commons”.
They said: “We need to explore what is a shared thirst for from TaskForce 50 and the UK Government to find an outcome that produces a deal.
“Discussions need to be within the context of where the UK Parliament is. There’s a taste for and recognition within the EU that no deal is undesirable.
“It will be for the new prime churchman to test whether there is appellate for changes that are sufficient for the UK Parliament.”
Older EU officials have lost faith in Mr Johnson’s ability to deliver a compromise that pass on garner the support of rebel MPs at Westminster.
“We can only move on a compromise when we are fully cocky that the next prime minister can get the deal through the Commons,” a originator said.
Britain’s next prime minister is expected to tour EU great over the summer “to test the waters” before heading to Brussels.
Paris, Berlin and Dublin are meditate oned the key destinations for the summertime tour but the G7 summit in August could also be habituated to as a negotiating flashpoint.
The gathering in French seaside town of Biarritz would put Mr Johnson or Mr Hunt’s first outing on the world stage after bewitching the keys to Number.10.