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Monday, November 21, 2016
EU Member States Push Britain Toward Hard Brexit
European Union leaders have reportedly agreed to push the UK towards a “hard Brexit” in order punish Britain and counter the rise of Eurosceptic movements across the continent.
A ‘hard Brexit’ means the UK withdrawing from the Single Market as well as the EU itself, therefore allowing it to control its own borders and form trade deals with other nations.
One EU diplomat toldThe Observer: “If you British are not prepared to compromise on free movement, the only way to deal with Brexit is hard Brexit.
“Otherwise we would be seen to be giving in to a country that is leaving. That would be fatal.”
Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the German Bundestag, also told The Observer that the EU should take a hard line on Brexit. “I am really ready to come to a result but if [the British position is] no, no, no, then even I would have to say that there is no common ground.” READ MORE