EU reacts with petulance, exactly like Brexit campaigners predicted

The EU technocrats have reacted badly to a sovereign nation exercising its democratic rights.

A senior EU leader has confirmed the bloc wants Britain out as soon as possible, warning that David Cameron’s decision to delay the start of Brexit negotiations until his successor is in place may not be fast enough.

Cameron announced on Friday morning that he would step down as prime minister by the autumn, after the British public caused a political earthquake by voting 52%-48% to leave the European Union.

Martin Schulz, the president of the European parliament, told the Guardian that EU lawyers were studying whether it was possible to speed up the triggering of article 50 of the Lisbon treaty – the untested procedure for leaving the union.

As the EU’s institutions scrambled to respond to the bodyblow of Britain’s exit, Schulz said uncertainty was “the opposite of what we need”, adding that it was difficult to accept that “a whole continent is taken hostage because of an internal fight in the Tory party”.

“I doubt it is only in the hands of the government of the United Kingdom,” he said. “We have to take note of this unilateral declaration that they want to wait until October, but that must not be the last word.”

I’m pretty sure the Poms will just give them the bird. They don’t care how slow or fast Brexit happens, they just want it done.

The EU now has to react because they need to exact revenge and teach the UK a lesson just in case other countries decide they want rid of overbearing technocrats.

Troughers will fight tooth and nail to protect their access to the trough.

One thing people have overlooked is how much money the UK funds the EU. It is more than £250million per week…for nothing.

UK payments to EU budget since 1973

The Poms will be hoping they can nip that in the bud pretty damn quick. The EU can posture all they like, the bottom line is through their actions they have forced the 5th largest economy in the world to choose to go a different way, and take all their toys out of the sandpit at the same time.

Schulz’s comments were partially echoed by the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, who said he there was no reason to wait until October to begin negotiating Britain’s departure from the European Union.

“Britons decided yesterday that they want to leave the European Union, so it doesn’t make any sense to wait until October to try to negotiate the terms of their departure,” Juncker said in an interview with Germany’s ARD television station. “I would like to get started immediately.”

The Poms will say good.


– The Guardian


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  • Mark156

    ‘Because of an internal fight in the Tory party?’
    Butthurt much EU??

  • Angus Aardvark

    Never a good idea to go into negotiations telling the other party, “This has to be settled quickly because it is doing us damage”. The party under time pressure has to make all the concessions.

    • Pita

      Better to negotiate the terms before the separation.

  • sandalwood789

    Any tantrums by the EU will almost certainly just have the effect of hardening the resolve of the Brits to leave (on whatever timetable they choose).

  • symgardiner

    If the EU want Britain to exit quickly it will cost them.

    • NahYeah

      Well, the EU called it a hostage situation, so they must then expect to pay a ransom.

  • Boondecker

    Some European countries have general elections coming up shortly and have no interest in appearing helpful, magnanimous or respectful to the Brits. It’s easy local headline attracting and potential vote gathering stuff. What we all know of course is the Brits generally have thick hides and will laugh off any such tirades as purely poltical opportunism aimed at keeping Europe’s own Exiters in check.

  • George Carter

    This is the UK’s French Revolution without the bloodshed. As ever the bureaucrats in Brussels are too arrogant to see it for what it is. The EU will collapse around them and they won’t have a clue as to why!

    • biscuit barrel

      It was only 1-2 years ago the EU currency was likely to collapse and sending shockwaves around the world. And they have the cheek to say to Uk , this instability isnt working for us?

    • Red_NZ

      notice within and hour of the result, members of the EU were saying that it was time for reform…. funny that reform was laughed off until they lost a major member

  • SFB

    Tell them to stick their regulation bananas up their EUs, and they will leave in 2 years as stated.

  • Boss Hogg

    Watched a speech by Merkel last night on the BBC live. She was speaking in German so there may have been some loss of meaning in translation, but it barley made any sense to me at all. I can not find any link to it on line and the BBC site only appears to refer to the speech with a photo but no video. Other speeches have video links. I suspect that any “stay” voter would have been turned into a “leave” voter pronto with the dribble she was coming out with. She looked partially sedated to me. I also suspect that the lefties at the BBC do not want the speech repeated as it was cringe worthy and embarrassing, in my opinion.

  • NahYeah

    “a whole continent is taken hostage….” Oh please, Britain leaving is taking the entire EU hostage? I think the whole reason behind Brexit is the direct opposite.

    • The Fat Man

      No the whole World has been taken hostage, doom and gloom woe is us.

      Except that the markets will stabilize and come back.

      The Big Money people will have made a fortune on the volatility.

      Expect the EU to play hard ball. They underestimated the UK public and will now have to go into damage control to stop a run for the boarder from other countries so to speak.

      They stood over Greece but Britain is much larger and will be able to stand up to them.

      This will be a very acrimonious divorce. But better out of a bad relationship than in it.

      Now will Key and Co be at the door offering our support, in the form of trade.

  • JLS

    Not only access to the trough but more so the size of the trough. EU, UN and their like, despite all the fluffy promises and platitudes, are parasites, pure and simple. Atlas just shrugged one off.

  • Francis Urquhart II

    I hope they do start negotiations early. There is now speculation about MPs refusing to be bound by the referendum, and not enacting the necessaty legislation; or running a second referendum, ostensibly because ‘only 72%’ voted.

    • Raibert

      Any MP taking that stand will be looking for a new job after the next election, can only be political suicide to believe once the votes counted you can alter the result.

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  • Pita

    To quote Daniel Hannan, “Who wants to be a member of a club that kneecaps you if you decide to leave?”

    • Malcolm

      A bit like someone trying to leave the Muslim faith, they will try and kill you.

  • Dairy_Flat

    Goes to show how out of touch these EU people are. If they want to fire up the French, Dutch, Danish, & Italian leave sympathizers then this is the way to go – tell people what they can’t do and see how that works out. Muppets.

  • Disinfectant

    Mr Jean-Claude Cluncker hasn’t learn’t that you can pat a Bulldog, stroke a Bulldog but if you taking away its dinner, its going to bite you.

  • Ross15

    I think the Tories will tell Cameron to trigger Article 50 a lot sooner than October –even if it is just show the UK public that no games will be played. Also the sooner they do it the sooner the EU bureaucrats will have to get to work. By Schulz and Junker saying what they did gives the UK ammo if the EU start playing games and slowing the procedure if it suits ( which will happen) as they will be able to publicly throw these comments back at them.

  • cows4me

    Looking on the bright side for the EU.

  • Jean-Claude Juncker is acting like a vindictive sore loser. Congratulations Britain.

  • Red_NZ

    while the Remainers had a bunch of “celebrities” trying to dictate to the population what they should think and how they should vote. the Brexiters went for quality over quantity instead. It’s hard to argue with logic

    • contractor

      Golden rule always likely to be true – take the opposite stance of all celebrities – they deal in fiction.

    • island time

      Interesting that most of the leave votes were from the older generation…

      • Red_NZ

        I can understand that, as those from the older generation, have lived through before becoming members and during. In recent times, they’ve seen how many economises outside their group have recovered from GFC, while they have stagnated, due to poor leadership and lack of direction. they’ve also known what it’s like to not have such draconian laws, restricting their very way of life.

        the youth vote have known nothing but life as members of the EU. Sometimes you have to look to the “older” generation, who’ve seen the errors of their ways, to move forward into a better future. Sovereign Nations that Govern themselves. who’d have thought that would be such a novel idea?

  • Usaywot

    I’m proud of the Poms. I didn’t know they had it in them. No country want to become a homogeneous part of a conglomerate. Culture and tradition are a precious birth right.

  • Usaywot

    And at least the Brits don’t have to change their currency. Maybe they were hedging their bets all along.

  • zotaccore

    The Brussels bullies really have got themselves in a tiff over Brexit. Absolutely not surprised with their reaction and usual stand-over tactics that have developed over time since the birth of the EU. What they fear the most of course is if the EU falls apart, they’ll lose their jobs and all the luxurious perks that come with it. What a shame.

  • one for the road

    Meanwhile, theBrits want to delay formally implementing article 50 as long as possible…. So as to negotiate good terms,

  • exactchange

    The mayor of Calais is now saying she wants the Touquet Agreement to go. That would put the migrant camp on the British side of the Tunnel. If the Brits have the guts they could follow Australia and find a nice secluded island owned by a low wage, low employment country.

    Worked for Oz, no more boats … or trucks, or trains ….

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  • kloyd0306

    Great to see unionism at the highest level being given the heave-ho.

    I’m proud of the Poms (finally) giving the two fingered salute to Brussels, the biggest load of useless bureaucrats in the world next to the UN.

    The left just got their heads handed to them and Conservatism had a really great victory, hopefully the first of many.

    USA is next They too are sick of big (and useless) government liberalism.

    After that, we take apart the Auckland City Council…….

  • Nebman

    This is a classic example of everything wrong with the EU. The Poms told them a better deal and change was required but Brussels knew better.

    They’ve now packed their bags and are waving goodbye and it’s dawned on the power-mongers in Brussels that they need to send a message to the rest of the countries on the will they/won’t they list and show them that the highest tariff possible will be extracted from any that show dissent or heaven forbid, free will.

    It’s a message that the Poms will not forget. And nor should they.

  • Brian Dingwall

    when referring to Schultz and Juncker, the word “unelected” should precede president in each case. There, fixed.

  • island time

    if the Brits want out then why would they want to delay. The 250m a week they originally promised would go to the NHS was a false promise – i wonder how many million voted to leave based on a false promise?? Scotland and N Ire.;and may well leave the Home Countries….I cant blame them.

  • island time

    This sums up progress

  • Rick H

    Surely, the Brits still have more than enough buraucrats, ministers, etc to simply carry on running the Kingdom as they did prior to becoming part of the EU – -without the weekly 250 mill handed over to the Brussels Troughers.