Oh dear, Ursula! MEP admits Swexit may be on the table after Brexit – ‘It will come’
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With the UK now creating a blueprint of how to leave the European Union, Swedish MEP Charlie Weimers told Express.co.uk public opinion on the bloc is now changing. Amid conflicts with the UK and the growing power axis between Germany and France, the MEP claimed it may well “pave the way” for a reaction against the EU in Sweden. He added: “I think this will pave the way for a reaction and we have already seen it to a certain extent, that this change in public opinion on EU membership is now going in the opposite direction to most of the other member states.
“Yeah, I mean, we’re not talking about an earthquake.
“But it’s the trajectory that is interesting here and it’s going against the trend.
“And I think it’s because more and more Swedes realise that the design of the EU is not in the interest of Swedish taxes.
“So when the chicken comes home to roost, that’s when the real reaction will come.
“Maybe we’re talking about a few years ahead but it will come eventually.”
Throughout the UK’s membership of the EU, states such as Sweden relied on the UK for its support in the European Parliament.
As Mr Weimers added, Sweden has not only lost a crucial ally in the bloc but trade with the UK will also be impacted between the two states.
Commenting on Brexit itself, the MEP criticised the bloc for how it has treated the UK over Brexit.
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Although now an independent nation free from the EU, he accused Brussels of bullying Britain, as seen by the continuation of the shellfish ban and threat to block vaccine supplies.
Despite the EU taking such a tough stance against the UK, in a letter from Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, Westminster agreed to extend the application process of the deal for Brussels.
In order to avoid a no deal Brexit before the end of last year, member states provisionally applied the agreement secured between both sides.
At the time, it was agreed the EU would be given until February 28 to fully approve the deal in the European Parliament.
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In a letter during the week, Mr Gove agreed to extend the deadline to April 30 following a request from Brussels earlier this month.
Although agreeing to extend the deal, Mr Gove demanded the EU satisfy its internal agreements before then in order to avoid a further extension.
He said: “Provisionally applying the agreement was not the United Kingdom’s preferred outcome given the uncertainty it creates for individuals and businesses and indeed the parties.
“Extending the period of provisional application prolongs that uncertainty.”
The EU stated an extension would be required in order to translate the Trade and Cooperation Agreement into the 24 of the bloc’s languages.
The two sides will also continue negotiations over financial services up until the end of March.
The two sides will negotiate a memorandum of understanding in order to establish a future relationship regarding the financial sector.
Mr Gove also hopes for certain issues surrounding trade to Northern Ireland to be resolved.
Indeed, Northern Irish officials have called for the protocol to be altered or removed in order to aid traders.
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