Frenchman François Hollande pushed for serious revenge on Brexit: “There must be a price! | Politics | New
François Hollande: Brexit is IRREVERSIBLE
At the end of last month, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned that the EU would not hesitate to use the “real teeth” of the Brexit deal to punish the UK government for having violates its obligations in the pact. As MEPs prepared to vote on the landmark deal, marking the end of four years of great political drama, Ms von der Leyen said: “This deal has real teeth with a binding mechanism for settling disputes. disputes and the possibility of unilateral remedies if necessary. “And I’ll be very clear: we don’t want to have to use these tools, but we won’t hesitate to use them if necessary. They are essential to ensure full compliance with [trade and cooperation agreement], and with the Withdrawal Agreement, both of which were negotiated in great detail and accepted by both parties. “
Since the end of the transition period on January 1, the British government has been accused of violating its commitments in Northern Ireland and on a fisheries agreement.
However, Brexiteers believe this is all part of a disturbing pattern.
Since Britain voted to leave the EU in 2016, Brexiteers have accused Brussels of wanting to harm the UK during Brexit talks in order to deter other countries that might have considered leaving.
Speaking at the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris in October 2016, former French President François Hollande said Britain had to pay a price to leave the EU.
At a dinner attended by former European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Hollande said: “There must be a threat, there must be a risk, there must be a risk. There must be a price, otherwise we will be in negotiations it will not end well and, inevitably, will have economic and human consequences.
Frenchman François Hollande pushed for serious revenge on Brexit: “There must be a price!”
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen
“Great Britain has decided on a Brexit, I even believe on a hard Brexit.
“Well, we have to follow through on Britain’s desire to leave the European Union.”
Mr. Hollande has long insisted that Britain must live with the consequences of leaving the EU.
He added that “firmness” was absolutely necessary otherwise “the principles of the European Union will be called into question” and “other countries or other parties will be willing to leave the European Union in order to have the benefits. assumed and no drawbacks or rules “.
His speech marked the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Jacques Delors Institute, a think tank founded by the former President of the European Commission.
Mr Hollande said that Delors “had also faced a crisis brought on by the UK”, noting that in the 1980s former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher got a discount on her contributions to the EU from worth several billion pounds each year.
He said: “Thatcher wanted to stay in Europe, but got a check in return.
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Former French President François Hollande
“Today Britain wants to leave, but does not want to pay anything. It is not possible.”
Ahead of the June 23 referendum, senior EU officials also produced a nine-page internal non-paper on measures that were to be so severe that “no other member state would ever dare to leave the EU.”
A Luxembourg official told EURACTIV: “The British wanted special treatment.
“Well, they’re going to get it.”
The “vengeance list” has been prepared in the utmost secrecy, under the orders of the highest levels of the Commission.
Referring to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s tactic of using the threat of Brexit to bring about EU reform, an Irish official said: “Cameron thinks he can play hard with the EU – eh well, the EU is going to hit him hard.
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“We got the idea after binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix.”
The executive was also planning a multi-million euro propaganda war to tell about its shaken foundations and reaffirm the European project.
The working slogan for the media blitz was ‘EU: better without the British’.
Another high-ranking German source said: “Since Brexit, Britain will no longer be the sick man of Europe, it will be the dead man of Europe.
“It will hurt the euro zone, yes.
“But you can’t underestimate the good feeling about the EU this will create.”
The European Commission has a policy of not commenting on the leaks.
However, at the time, officials pointed out that the revenge list was a draft internal document.
One of them said, “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.
“But it’s no secret that the political will for this exists.”