Brexit will be a 'DISAPPOINTMENT' because of 'PRETENDER' British MPs – Dutch warning
The delegation of Dutch MPs visited Britain last week on a Brexit fact-finding mission ahead of March 29. They met with senior Brexiteers such as Steve Baker, along with Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis, Brexit select committee chair Hilary Benn, and shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer. In a report detailing their findings, the politicians blamed warring British MPs on the current deadlock, which is yet to be broken with just 30 days until Brexit.
The Dutch MPs said the lack of clarity “about what kind of Brexit they want” is behind Westminster impasse.
The paper reads: “We have noted carefully how in the United Kingdom, the Government and a majority in Parliament are unable to reach an agreement, let alone make a proposal that is acceptable to the EU27 as well.
“Actually, the British are only now having the discussion about what kind of Brexit they want exactly, a debate that should have been held three years ago before the referendum.
“A number of British politicians have pretended Brexit brings enormous benefits. This has created unrealistic expectations. The result is that Brexit becomes a disappointment.”
The Dutch MPs predicted that “bitter negotiations” would continue between opposing MPs that would mean the “uncertainty continues” for the European Union.
Sources familiar with the Brexit negotiations in Brussels believe Theresa May will require a “short, technical extension” to the EU’s Article 50 exit clause in order to ratify the deal in British law, even if she secures a Commons majority in the next meaningful vote expected on March 12.
This means post-Brexit trade talks are unlikely to fully resume until 2020 as the European Commission, Council and Parliament complete their reshuffles following European elections in May.
In their report, the Dutch MPs highlighted the need to main “good relations with the UK” as part of any post-Brexit trade and security deal.
They suggested bolstering bilateral ties with Britain to ensure impact of Brexit on the Netherlands is minimised.
“As far as we are concerned, this assignment is given priority after the Brexit,” the document reads.
“There is no room for disappointment, blame or malicious joy about the British departure; it is important for the Netherlands to maintain good relations with the UK in this case and to seek supporters in the EU to develop practical new cooperation with the UK. From a leading group of affected countries, including France, support can be created within the EU.
“The Brexit will automatically make the United Kingdom a third country, but in our opinion it is not just a third country.
“We must use the constructive cooperation and close ties that the Netherlands and the UK have in the EU and that we still have bilaterally in order to establish a new, strong and comprehensive partnership with the United Kingdom at EU level.”
They also discussed the establishment of extra no-deal Brexit plans that would allow vital medicines that are made in Britain can continue to be transported to the Netherlands.
“It must be possible to issue emergency permits for critical medicines and medical devices and to allow British authorised medical devices and medicines to stay for a while,” they said.
“After all, it turns out to be possible to have the old procedures continue for a short time after a hard Brexit for aircraft and derivatives. That should also be possible for life-saving medicines.”
Lodewijk Asscher, a former deputy prime minister and member of the Dutch delegation, said: “British politics seems absorbed by the mother of all chicken games.
“Different factions seem to gamble on the folding adversaries in a last-minute scenario, be it the European Commission, other factions in their political party or Dublin.
“Other countries should prepare for the worst: the UK stumbling into a no-deal Brexit by accident while working on sensible solutions, accepting the deal, finding better language on the backstop or granting an extension of Article 50.”