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Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 15 and 16 October 2020, in particular the negotiations of the future relations with the UK (debate)

  Jaak Madison (ID). – Mr President, it’s always very funny to hear the speeches of Mr Verhofstadt, because he’s very active and funny and full of power and has been talking about the damage of Brexit since 2016, saying that they’re going to lose everything and that we’re going to have to put huge pressure on the UK. Well, since 2016, they have been doing pretty fine, actually.

Unfortunately, the EU is trying to mix together a green deal and climate history, while at the same time take huge loans with some kind of economic reforms, and they are declining more and more. At the same time, the UK and Mr Johnson are just playing with the EU. The EU is trying to play the tough guy, but at the same time it couldn’t manage any normal deal. Here I am just talking about fisheries.

So that’s why I wouldn’t take Mr Verhofstadt very seriously, because he was pretty wrong from 2016 to 2017 and it’s pretty clear and understandable that, if there is no deal before the end of the year, the EU stands to lose much more than the UK. In some ways I’m pretty happy about that. Congratulations to Mr Johnson.

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