The French Finance Minister, Michael Sapin suggested that as soon as UK starts its negotiations to withdraw from the EU, the freedom of movement talks will be ‘on the table’.
He also stated that, “When a country is negotiated with, a third party- Norway, Switzerland, to take countries that are very close- we discuss all subjects. Under what conditions there is freedom of movement of people, goods and capital. That is something that is very important for the UK with all these questions about financial services, we discuss everything”. This statement has gone against what has been said both before and after the referendum result.
In a tough response to Leave campaigners’ hopes of securing access to the internal market while limiting the freedom of movement, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, indicated to the UK that in the Brexit negotiations, there should be no ‘cherry picking’.
The Chancellor also stated that “We will ensure that the negotiations will not be run on the principle of cherry picking. We must and will make a profound difference over whether a country wants to be a member of the family of the European Union or not. Anyone who wants to leave this family cannot expect that all negotiations will fall away but the privileges continue to remain in place”.
These conflicting statements portray how unprepared the EU was for UK’s vote to leave. On the other hand, it has been demonstrated by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson that their plan for exiting the EU is non-existent.
The response to Boris Johnson’s article in Monday’s Telegraph was Angela Merkel’s statement. He described how controls will be placed on EU citizens wanting to come to the UK but described how UK citizens would be able to work and live in other EU countries.
Although, his comments has been heavily criticized by commentators making comments such as “he is taking a piss” or “his piece read like a letter to Santa”.
It is most likely that the plan for Brexit will not be appearing anytime soon with both political parties in the throngs of electing new leaders and we can therefore look forward to more inconsistent and confused statements from baffled politicians.