James Franey, a journalist of the Daily Mail, wrote on Twitter that PM Viktor Orbán might veto the Brexit deal if it is not suitable for the United Kingdom. The Brussels correspondent of the British daily highlighted that he managed to speak with the Hungarian PM – scroll down to read what Mr Orbán answered.
According to Index, there is a real chance that the European Union and the United Kingdom will not be able to sign an agreement regulating the trade ties between them. The European Union says that if they accepted the proposal of the British government, they would create their next-door trade competitor. Meanwhile, London states that they would only like to regain crucial parts of their sovereignty in, for example, fishing or in settling disputes.
That is why PM Viktor Orbán said to Mr Franey that
he would veto any agreement aiming to punish Britain for their decision to leave the European Union.
“The eurocrats should only do a fair agreement with the British,” he added.
444 also believes that there will be no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom concerning the trade ties between them. Ursula von der Leyen, the chairwoman of the European Council, said that the situation is distressing, and
they could not agree in any of the main issues.
However, they will continue talks until Sunday.
British PM Boris Johnson said the same, highlighting that he is ready to continue the negotiations, and he would even visit the capitals of the leading member states to reach an agreement. The British government would reintroduce customs, 444 said.
We reported before that Timothy Garton Ash, a historian, political writer, and columnist of The Guardian, wrote in the daily that Hungary and Poland were blackmailing the EU over the rule of law, and them staying in the EU could be worse than Britain leaving. According to The Guardian’s columnist, the new relationship between the EU and Britain, as well as Brexit’s influence, will only be seen clearly after at least 5 or 10 years. Regarding the EU’s future, another question is whether the Scots will want to break up with England and rejoin the European Union.
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However, Ash claims that the EU does not talk that much about the topic of Brexit anymore as the attention shifted towards “other enormous crises”. It has to put through the new budget and recovery fund that Hungary and Poland threatened by veto, holding the rest of the EU to ransom “to further weaken the proposed rule of law conditionality on those funds.” The Guardian columnist poses the question of
whether democratic Britain leaving or undemocratic Hungary staying is more dangerous for the future of the EU.
Source: index.hu, 444.hu
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