Fox: do Not treat more likely it is that Brexit result

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Liam Fox, says the chance of not treating Brexit is growing, blaming the “intransigence” of the European Commission.

The international trade secretary and Brexiteer put the possibility of not reaching an agreement at “60 to 40”.

He told the Sunday Times that Brussels ‘ chief negotiator had rejected the united kingdom Chips in proposals simply because, “we have never done before.”

The uk and the EU say that they want an agreement before the departure on the 29th of March 2019.

Mr. Fox told the newspaper that he had not thought of the likelihood of non-treatment was greater than 50-50, but the risk has increased.

He said that the EU had to decide whether to act in the best economic interests of its people, or to go in search of a particular approach by an obsession with the purity of their rules.

“I think the intransigence of the commission is pushing us toward any agreement,” he said.
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The government has been trying to sell his plans for Brexit agreed at Chequers – the prime minister’s country residence in Buckinghamshire to the EU and its leaders, including the French President, Emmanuel Macron, to whom Theresa May met on Friday.

But Mr Fox said Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, had already dismissed the proposals, which “makes the possibility of not doing the greatest.”

He said: “We have established the basis on which a thing can happen, but if the EU decides that the theological obsession of the non-elect is to take priority over the economic well-being of the people of Europe, it is a bureaucrats’ Brexit – not of a people Brexit – then there is only going to be one of the results.”

Mr Fox said that if the EU did not like the proposal, that should be “show us that you can suggest that would be acceptable to us”.

He added: “it is up to the eu-27 in order to determine whether they want the EU Commission from ideological purity to be maintained at the expense of their real economies.”

On Friday, the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, warned that the possibility of not treating Brexit was “too high”.

Mr. Carney said that if a non-agreement Brexit were to occur, it would mean the disruption of trade and economic activity, as well as the soaring prices during a period of time.

But he said that the uk financial system robust, and can withstand any post-Brexit shocks.

The comment led to a decline of the pound in the currency markets and saw it labeled as “the high priest of that Project Fear” by Leaving in the back of the MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. “The worst of both worlds”

Meanwhile, another prominent Brexiteer, the former minister Priti Patel, has called on the Lady Can be the “backbone and confidence” to great Britain in the negotiations with the EU.

Writing for the Telegraph website, she said that the uk was in a “strong position” when it came to a future trade agreement, because “they are dynamic, competitive and growth” – while the EU “desperately needs our money”.

But unlike Mr Fox, Ms Patel does not back the Chips agreement, which has already given rise to a series of resignations in the government – including David Davis as Brexit secretary and Boris Johnson, secretary of foreign affairs.

She wrote: “he will Not leave us, half inside and half outside, still tied to the EU rules and limitations.

“[It will be] the worst of both worlds – indeed outside of Europe but still run by Europe”.