“If anyone in the Labour Party should know how the European Union works it’s Peter Hain. A member of the Convention of the Future of Europe in the early 2000s, Hain will have seen how sensible proposals, compellingly argued, can lead to results at EU level – the permanent President of the European Council was a British idea and in the Treaty of Lisbon it saw the light of day. Further, Hain is Member of Parliament for Neath, an area that received £1.2 billion in EU regional funding in the period 2000-06, so he cannot deny the benefits of the EU budget.”
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Yesterday: Frost whingeing that the EU is not taking negotiations seriously enough
Today: Frost telling the EU to not bother coming for scheduled negotiations
BREAKING: UK Government source says Lord Frost has spoken to Barnier and told him not to bother coming to London on Monday for more talks.
By the way, the UK Government is quite right to seek a deal that is much more advanced than the EU-Canada deal. The EU is a much more important trading partner to us than it is to Canada. But with additional rights come additional obligations. Not yet too late to recognise that.
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