Brexit: The EU has gotten all it wanted, but beware, warns Alfred Sant
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“Should there be any other EU government wishing to exit, it will have learnt the lesson of not doing it the British way on Brexit,” MEP Alfred Sant told the European Parliament.
Dr Sant, who reacting on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, mentioned the Versailles Treaty of 1918 which tempted the losing side “to seek retribution.”
“It is clear on the other hand that the Brexit deal just signed is the only one possible in the circumstances. However, it is also equally clear that while the EU has safeguarded all its imperatives, the UK has retreated along all lines of engagement,”said the MEP.
He added that, “in part this was because for various reasons, its negotiating positions and strategies were not so coherent.”
Dr Sant said the EU should be wary of driving its negotiating advantages as of now, to the extreme.
“This might lead to very serious unintended and unforeseeable consequences. In any agreement, a party that goes away with the feeling it has been given a raw deal, will later be tempted or driven to exact some form of compensation or retribution,” he said.
The MEP remarked, “witness the Versailles treaty, or the Russian position over recent years in reaction to how post-Soviet arrangements in Europe were played out.”
Dr Sant concluded that should there be any other EU government wishing to exit, it will have learnt the lesson of not doing it the British way under article 50 procedures.”It could for instance first do its best to cause havoc from the inside in order to leverage and strengthen its position during exit negotiations,” he said.