UNDERCUT? Brexit minister has secret meeting with Luxembourg… and it will infuriate EU

16 May

The guideline stated: “Negotiations under Article 50 TEU will be conducted in transparency and as a single package. 

“Throughout these negotiations the Union will maintain its unity and act as one with the aim of reaching a result that is fair and equitable for all Member States and in the interest of its citizens.

“The Union will approach the negotiations with unified positions, and will engage with the United Kingdom exclusively through the channels set out in these guidelines and in the negotiating directives.

“So as not to undercut the position of the Union, there will be no separate negotiations between individual Member States and the United Kingdom on matters pertaining to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union.”

It comes after Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel previously sent a warning shot to Britain, saying: “They want to have their cake, eat it, and get a smile from the baker, but not the other things.

“There are European values which cannot be separated. No cherry-picking.” 

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