The other 27 EU member states took just four minutes to agree a hardline stance on Brexit at a summit meeting in Brussels before Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, and Michel Barnier, the chief European Union Brexit negotiator, rounded on the prime minister.
They told EU leaders that May had used a meeting with them on Wednesday night to demand that a “detailed outline” of a future free trade deal be in place before the UK agrees to pay any money to Brussels as part of the Brexit divorce deal. An EU diplomat said: “This was a rather incredible demand. It seemed as if it came from a parallel reality.”
Writing on Forbes.com, Tim Worstall suggests the Brits and the EU leadership are acting a bit childish.
The European Union yesterday met up to issue its demands about how the Brexit negotiations are going to go. This is really rather toddler stuff, this isn’t adults interacting with the real world outside the windows. Essentially they all met up, declared loudly that they will have every thing they want, patted themselves on the back and went off for a celebration. This has all the seriousness of the toddler proudly showing Mummy how the toilet training is going by waving the filled potty around.
Negotiations have two sides to them and it’s all very well laying out what you aim to get from them but an insistence that it will be my way or the highway does rather leave open the possibility that the answer will be, very well then, the road alone. Which is actually what the British stance is at present.