A GERMAN MP said Britain’s best hope of a post-Brexit deal with Brussels would STILL see the UK forced to pay the EU and bow down to European judges.
By Oli Smith
A ‘continental partnership’ is being lauded by Norbert Röttgen as the “only alternative” if Britain is remain in the single market.
Drawn up by a group of EU politicians, the plan would give Britain long-awaited control over immigration – but would see the UK committed to a Brussels tax.
A member of the influential EU thinktank Bruegel Group, Mr Röttgen told ESharp Radio that the deal was Britain’s “best chance” of making a success of Brexit.
Britain should continue paying into the EU budget as part of a post-Brexit deal
Mr Röttgen, the chairman of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said Britain still have to make a “financial contribution” as well as abide by the European Courts of Justice, an institution loathed by Brexiters.
He remarked he personally “deplored” the Brexit decision and insisted: “The UK would remain part of the single market but they would have to pay the price.”
Britain would also have to accept some case law from the European Court of Justice
By giving into this deal, the UK would “coordinate on economic freedom such as the freedom of goods, services, and capital – but not including free movement of workers”.
Mr Röttgen said that deal would place Britain in the same grouping as Ukraine and Turkey in trade relations with the EU.
He claims the far-reaching plan constitutes the “only realistic path” to addressing Britain’s rejection of the EU.
Mr Röttgen said: “Neither the EU and the UK have an interest in a divorce.
“After Brexit, the relationship needs to remain as close as possible. The world is more unstable, crazy and multipolar.
“Our values of freedom and democracy are under threat – so we have to stay close together.”
According to EU experts, the Continental Partnership is the only realistic alternative
But, the proposal of the europhile group would leave Britain with no voting power.
Despite the vote to leave, all “final decisions in this new deal would be taken by the EU”.
According to the thinktank, the UK will be forced to choose between then Continental Partnership structure or establishing a risky free-trade arrangement with the EU.
The intervention comes as Europe’s governments begin to put together their approach to Brexit negotiations following their meeting in Bratislava last week.