Published On: Tue, Dec 12th, 2017

UNACCEPTABLE! Verhofstadt hits back at Davis in fallout just FOUR days after Brexit deal

The European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator accused Mr Davis of attempting to score an “own goal” after he said Britain’s agreement “was more a statement of intent than a legally enforceable thing”.

During Tuesday’s General Affairs Council meeting, the arch federalist said: “I’ve seen a hardening of the position of the Council and there will be a hardening of the position of the Parliament”. 

The Belgian MEP took to Twitter to dig his heels in as he claimed Mr Davis’s comments were a “statement of intent”. 

He even tweeted documents to show the ammendments made to the EU Parliament statement over Brexit prepared by representatives of the 27 member states, saying: “After @DavidDavisMP’s unacceptable remarks, it’s time the UK government restores trust. These amendements will further toughen up our resolution.

“Remarks by David Davis that Phase one deal last week not binding were unhelpful & undermines trust. EP text will now reflect this & insist agreement translated into legal text ASAP #Brexit.” 

The Brussels club is now refusing to move on to the second phase of Brexit talks unless the Phase 1 agreement is put into law.

And today, the EU Parliament agreed an amendment on their Brexit approval saying negotiations must be carried out “in good faith” by the UK and there would be no progress unless the nation “fully respects” its commitments. 

It read: “Is of the opinion that the report allows for negotiations to move on to the second phase recommends that the European Council decide accordingly, but believes that negotiations must be good faith and is of the opinion that negotiations can only progress during the second phase if the UK government also fully respects the commitments it made in the Joint Report and they are fully translated into the draft Withdrawal Agreement.” 

The fallout comes only four days after Britain and the EU signed off the first phase of negotiations in a bid to move talks onto trade. 

The last minute, early morning deal settled the divorce bill, the Irish border and EU citizens’ rights, 

But Brexit Secretary Mr Davis has ruffled the feathers of eurocrats after he claimed the deal wasn’t enforceable. 

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