Chris Philp – BBC News – Brexit Negotiations, No Deal?

Chris Philp – BBC News – Brexit Negotiations, No Deal?


I’m joined by Chris Philp who is parliamentary private secretary in the Treasury Brexit and negotiations the
fifth round about to start lots of people now talking about the British
government being able to walk away that No Deal has to be an option in order to
get the best deal do you think that’s true well the Prime Minister has always
said that no deal is better than a bad deal and I’m sure that remains the case
but in what we are now seeing is the British government having made
significant overtures to the European Commission the European Union in the
Florence speech the Prime Minister was very clear that we were looking for a
transition deal that’s in their interest and ours and the contributions might
continue during that period she’s made incredibly generous offers on mutual
recognition of citizens rights and in a whole range of other areas and I think
the ball is now in the European Union’s court to respond positively to that and
move on to trade talks it is ridiculous that they’re even today saying not only
will they not can’t can’t contemplate trade talks about the future
arrangements their current position mr. Michel Barnier his current position is
that he won’t even talk about a transition deal now that is clearly
unreasonable and it will damage the national interests of France and Germany
and the other nation states because there are hundreds of thousands of jobs
in those countries that depend on trade with the UK just as much as there are
jobs here that also depend on trade with Europe so they’re getting to the point
now where the European Commission’s I think unreasonableness when it comes to
these negotiations is beginning to damage the economic interest of European
nation states and I think that is a message and that we’ll be hearing more
and more in the coming days and weeks there are some of your colleagues who
want to go further than that we’ve heard today from Bernhard jenkin a backbencher
very much on the brexit side of things he says the EU is stringing us along if
they want to talk we’ll talk otherwise we will walk away we will leave is
Britain ready to leave though there are many people say we’re just not prepared
for that well I think it’s the government’s objective quite rightly to
find a strong and close and special relationship with the European Union
after we leave that includes a really good free trade deal that’s in their
interests and it’s in our interest because they after all
send more goods and services to us than the other way around with the biggest
export market for German cars with a second-biggest export market for French
wine a No Deal situation is bad for everybody
bad for the Europeans as well as bad for us so we certainly want to avoid that
but I do think if the European Union side of the table and continues
unreasonably in my view and damaging lis to themselves as they continue to refuse
to even discuss transition trade I think as a matter of prudence a matter of
common sense would have to start seriously preparing for all
eventualities but that is not the desired outcome it’ll be bad for us and
bad for the Europeans and that’s why I think ultimately the Europeans own
economic self-interest I hope will prevail and they’ll avoid doing anything
which damages them as much as it damages us Chris well thank you very much indeed
for joining us Teresa may will speak to the Commons this afternoon in a couple
of hours or so all eyes will be on her to see what tone she absorbed ops after
that Florence speech where she was more conciliatory will the language toughen
up again this afternoon would Viki thank you well let’s go to our correspondent
Connolly who’s in Brussels if this was a tennis match it would appear that
Brussels is just gonna be volleying everything straight back yeah there’s
always a danger and you

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