Former British EU negotiator says Brexit was a ‘terrible idea’ and even the Government doesn’t understand how bad it will be ~ Ashley Cowburn Political Correspondent, THE INDEPENDENT, 25 July 2017.
Steve Bullock also accused government ministers of an ‘appalling dereliction of duty’ over a failure to understand the complexities of Brexit
Britain’s chances of securing a deal with the EU in the 20 months left of Brexit negotiations “look minimal”, according to a former UK-EU negotiator.
Steve Bullock, who worked at the UK Representation to the EU from 2010 to 2014, also accused government ministers of an “appalling dereliction of duty” over a failure to understand the complexities of Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc.
In an article for The Independent, Mr Bullock said ministers who were involved in the arduous negotiations had “inserted their heads firmly in the sand, hoping tricky problems will just go away”.
He added: “In my view, the chances of getting any deal, let alone a good deal, in the limited time available look minimal.
“Brexit would have been a terrible idea even if done as well as possible, but for the Government to so blithely march the country towards consequences that they don’t even themselves understand is an appalling dereliction of duty”.
Citing Euratom – the European Atomic Energy Community – he added: “Who knew a fortnight ago that leaving the apparently obscure Euratom Treaty would jeopardise not only the UK nuclear industry, but also the supply of medical isotopes for cancer treatment?”
His comments follow the second round of negotiations between David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator. But as the talks came to a close last week, negotiators failed to produce a breakthrough on key disputes, including the so-called divorce bill and the future rights of citizens in Europe and the UK.