Addressing MEPs in the European Parliament, Mr Beck claimed the UK has shown flexibility during the Brexit negotiations, only to be met by Angela Merkel and Ursula von der Leyen’s failure to compromise. The German MEP blasted the German Chancellor and the President of the European Commission as he warned them “they won’t have their way” at the end of the talks.
He said: “Trade negotiations with a maximum demands for a level-playing field on EU terms, pre-Brexit fishing rights and continued ECJ jurisdiction.
“Britain wanted a Canada-style trade deal and signalled some flexibility.
“The EU, in contrast, barely moved.
“Negotiations are discussions between parties with diverging views but a shared interest in finding a compromise.
“The EU, notably Germany, has a vast trade surplus with the UK.
“Yet the German Presidency and the Commission remain committed to an unequal treaty on EU terms, and enforceable before the EU’s imperial court.
“Merkel and von der Leyen know not to negotiate because they know not when to compromise.
“That way, they will not have their way.”
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