Roberta Metsola

Roberta Metsola

14-01-2022MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI

The big money is on the Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola to become the next President of the European Parliament and this could pave the way for the UK to try and renegotiate its position in Europe because Metsola is said to be a huge fan of Britain.

I believe that the fall out from Brexit, nearly all of which was either kept secret or not even the British negotiating team was aware, has made many people who voted in favour of Brexit wish they had not and now might be the time to start negotiating a new deal based on Norway’s. The Norway model was previously ruled out because it did not tick Theresa May’s boxes for the kind of Brexit she wanted - despite her being a remainer.

Norway’s relationship is as close as a country can get to the European Union without actually being a member.

By signing up to EU single market rules, Norway agrees to the four freedoms - the freedom of movement of goods, services, capital and people so it might cross another UK red line: the British government would retain control over its own borders.

Britain is struggling outside of the EU as are many Britons who live in the EU and there are further hurdles down the line for international businesses and travellers as a result of Brexit.

So, hopefully with a pro-British MEP in charge of the European Parliament, a better relationship with the UK can be established and perhaps talks of a better deal for all.

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Rich / Hace 10 days

The big problem with brexit is boris. You can't have an idiot in charge of such complex negotiations.

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Morgan / Hace 11 days

Sometimes it seems that we forget who left who. It was Britain that left the EU, not the other way around. Historically, the EU has been demonstrably pro-Britain all along, while protecting its own interests. It was Britain that has been famously and loudly anti-EU all along, demanding to have it's cake and eat it. As if it we're in charge.

Yet the impact on the EU has been minimal and barely detectable, so I wouldn't expect that there will suddenly be some gush of pro-Britain sentiment. Britain blew that opportunity long ago. And frankly, it's hard to take anything seriously coming from over there on fantasy island.

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tranq / Hace 14 days

..... and perhaps talks of a better deal for all. Meanwhile a pig was seen flying over Palma this morning

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David / Hace 15 days

As near neighbours and similar economies with close trade and cultural ties, it is in the interest of European states and the U.K. to have harmonious relationships. That situation will be good for all and I believe is one of the founding pillars of the European Union’s constitution. For relationships to improve the European political class and some others needs to respect a sovereign states democratic decision. The desires for U.K. return to the European Union is not there. And deliberate friction will not play well with U.K. population. Good relationships will return in time when all comers learn to live with Brexit.

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Oliver / Hace 15 days

This seems a very long way off.

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