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‘Jealousy is a terrible trait!’ Britons furious as Denmark mocked ‘small nation’ UK

Brexit: Denmark joined EU to trade with UK says Kofod

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Brexit trade talks between the UK and EU saw the bloc’s remaining 27 member states put up a largely united front as the two sides attempted to thrash out the most favourable agreement possible. A deal was reached at the eleventh hour, but the ongoing row over coronavirus vaccines and clashes over the Northern Ireland Protocol has shown the relationship between the UK and EU has deteriorated further. This was all the more evident when a Government minister in Denmark branded the UK a “small nation” that does not yet realise its status.

He also suggested Britain’s days as a global power had now ended and Brexit would be a “disaster for the UK”.

Kristian Jensen said: “There are two kinds of European nations, there are small nations and there are countries that have not yet realised they are small nations.

“It is a paradox that the country that once had an empire on which the sun never sets, that ruled the waves, that in its heart is truly global, is now drawing back from the world’s most successful free trade area. It is a paradox that I cannot get.

“I had the privilege of meeting Boris Johnson shortly after he took office. Bojo said to me: ‘Come on Kristian, don’t be so sad, there must be something good about Brexit’. I just shook my head and said: ‘No. There is nothing.’”

Britons have reacted furiously to these comments from Mr Jansen while responding to our original story.

One Express.co.uk reader said: “Could not care less what they say.

“All I care about is the UK, and we did the right thing to leave the EU.”

A second person wrote: “Danish jealousy at the UK returning to be a country!”

Another reader commented: “Someone ought to tell Denmark that jealousy is a terrible trait.”

A fourth person added: “Buy British on any level if you possibly can. Make them eat cake.”

Mr Jensen had spoken to the media after his initial speech in June 2017 and continued his onslaught.

He said: “There is still this notion in some countries that because they have been the rulers of the 20th century they will continue to be that in the 21st century.

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“They [the UK] are a member of all these groups [G7, G20, UN permanent security council] but what has happened to the value of the pound since Brexit? What will happen in the coming years when the finance sector is perhaps looking to Frankfurt or Paris?

“What will happen when inflation rises? How will they be in the future? I am very concerned about Britain’s economy right now … I think France will be the spokesperson for the EU [on the security council].”

Denmark joined the European Community (as it was then known) at the same time as the UK in 1973 and in the years following, the two countries would become closely aligned, meaning Copenhagen has now lost a key ally in the bloc.

The trade deal between the UK and EU saw changes in the fishing quotas enjoyed by European vessels in British waters.

Under the trade deal agreed by Boris Johnson, the EU’s share of the catch from British waters will fall by 25 percent in stages over the next five years.

Following the end of that fishing transition period in June 2026, both sides will hold talks annually to discuss access.

Danish Fisheries Association chairman Svend Erik-Andersen warned that livelihoods could be lost as Denmark’s quota reduces.

Speaking after the trade deal was signed, he said: “This is very serious.

“We expect fishermen to lose their livelihoods, and it will be a hard blow against Denmark and against North and West Jutland, where fishing plays a special role and is the lifeblood of many local communities.

“I have deep sympathy for the people who risk losing their jobs and livelihoods as a result of this unfair deal.

“This applies to our own members. And this applies to those who are employed in the follow-up industries around the fishing ports.

“It is very worrying that the bill for Brexit hits some fishermen harder than others. It seems that the consumer fishery will pay an unreasonably large share of the price for access, and it can be devastating for their business.”

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