FEARS over the break-up of the European Union has led country leaders to the conclusion that a ‘hard’ Brexit is their only option in order to maintain integration in the bloc.
The consensus is apparently shared by all 27 nations which will remain in the EU following Britain’s exit.
One top diplomat is quoted by the Observer as saying: “If you British are not prepared to compromise on free movement, the only way to deal with Brexit is hard Brexit. Otherwise we would be seen to be giving in to a country that is leaving. That would be fatal.”
The increasingly-hard stance comes as Nigel Farage announced that he intends to take advantage of his relationship with Donald Trump to make a new bid for a seat in the Commons, while predicting that right wing nationalist Marine Le Pen could win next spring’s French presidential election.
“She will clearly win through to the second round. And after what has happened elsewhere, only a fool would say she would have no chance of winning overall. France is a deeply, deeply unhappy country. If she were to win, it would be game over for the EU,” he said.