‘Fed up’ Hungarian Minister exposes EU’s true Brexit fear - ‘Need to stop diminishing it’

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03 жовтня 2019 19:26

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The Hungarian politician claimed the UK represents “14 percent of the achievement of the European economy”. Peter Szijjarto also accused Brussels of attempting to “diminish the significance” of Brexit. He told BBC’s Newsnight: “We are really fed up with all those approaches in Europe and in the world when some countries think that it’s homework for them to lecture others.

“And to tell others how they should accommodate their life and tell others how they should debate and again we don’t want to be ridiculous either.“So we will not give any kind of advice, we’ll not give any kind of comment, we’re not going to criticise, we’re not going to judge, we’ll just follow. And then we’ll see what’s the consequence.“UK is a friend and ally, not to speak about the fact that you know I don’t like those statement and those approaches.“Mostly on behalf of Brussels, which try to diminish the significant of the UK leaving the European Union. So saying that ‘oh it’s not going to hurt’ or ‘it’s not going to have an impact’, I mean this is simply not true.READ MORE: Brussels fear exposed: How concern of UK 'beating' bloc causing wedge

“UK represents 14 percent of the performance of the achievement of the European economy.“14 percent, one seventh, now you do not need to be a Nobel Prize winner to understand that if 14 percent of an economy performance of an integration leaves, that will leave some challenges for those who remain.”The Foreign and Trade minister added: “I was there for the whole process when the European Commission, the chief negotiator, the member states themselves, you know tried to put together this arrangement, or agreement, or deal, name it as you wish.“And it was not easy and we needed a couple of years to put it together and we succeeded finally to maintain the unity of the European Union in this regard.”

On Wednesday, Boris Johnson used his speech at the conference in Manchester to say “we can, we must and we will” get Brexit done.He said: “Voters are desperate for us to focus on their other priorities - what people want, what leavers want, what remainers want, what the whole world wants - is to move on. That is why we are coming out of the EU on October 31. Let’s get Brexit done - we can, we must and we will.”Mr Johnson added: “Today in Brussels we are tabling, what I believe, are constructive and reasonable proposals which provide a compromise for both sides. We will, under no circumstances, have checks at or near the border in Northern Ireland. We will respect the Peace Process and the Good Friday Agreement.DON'T MISSBoris Johnson Brexit deal: Does Boris have the support in Commons? [INSIGHT]Varadkar rejects Boris Johnson's backstop plan [BLOG]BBC's Laura Kuenssberg exposes Boris' plan to ‘smack back’ EU [VIDEO]

“And by a process of renewable democratic ascent, by the executive and the assembly of Northern Ireland, we will go further and protect the existing regulatory arrangements for farmers and businesses on both sides of the border.“And, at the same time, we will allow the UK, whole and entire, to withdraw from the EU with control over our own trade policy from the start. And we will protect our precious union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. And, yes, this is a compromise by the UK and I hope very much our friends understand in turn.”Meanwhile, EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier said “progress” has been made, but “lots of work” remains to be done.He told Sky News: “So my team met the British team today and we received a legal proposal. There is progress but to be frank, a lot of work still needs to be done to reach and to fulfil the three objectives of the backstop.“No border, Northern Ireland economy and protecting the single market, that means protecting the consumer, the citizens and the businesses inside the single market, the 27 member states. So now we will continue to work, to work to reach a deal, no deal will never be the choice of the EU, never.“So we will continue to reach a deal, to work with the UK team, but a deal which respects and fulfils the three commitments, the three proposals of the backstop, just which I mentioned. In a legally operative manner and respecting the mandate given to the Commission by the European Council and the Parliament.”

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