Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Chief Brexit Negotiator, has given a speech at the European Economic and Social Committee this morning in which he outlined that it was “not possible” to have “frictionless trade” with the EU outside of the Single Market and the Customs Union.
Mr Barnier also warned that “no deal” would worsen the “lose-lose” situation from Brexit and that the UK would have more to lose than its partners. He said he felt there was “no reasonable justification” for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
Ben Bradshaw MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:
“Michel Barnier has exposed how the Government’s rhetoric has no basis in reality. We cannot enjoy the ‘exact same benefits’ and ‘frictionless trade’ outside of the Single Market and the Customs Union as we do as members.
“Far from having our cake and eating it, we’re in danger of having slices taken away from us unless the Government starts putting the economy and jobs first in the negotiations.
“Ministers also need to drop the damaging mantra of ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’, when Barnier is clear that no deal is the worst deal of all, which will leave us all poorer.”