Theresa May’s speech on Brexit talks failed to move beyond “vague aspirations” and did not lay out “credible legislative proposals” to break the deadlock in talks, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator has said.
Reacting after the Prime Minister’s third major speech on leaving the EU, Guy Verhofstadt said he hoped that “serious proposals have been put in the post” by the Prime Minister, as Ms May’s plans received a frosty reception in Brussels.
“Theresa May needed to move beyond vague aspirations, we can only hope that serious proposals have been put in the post. While I welcome the call for a deep and special partnership, this cannot be achieved by putting a few extra cherries on the Brexit cake,” Mr Verhofstadt said following the speech.
“Our relationship must be close and comprehensive, but this is only possible if the UK Government understands that the EU is a rules based organisation, as there is little appetite to renegotiate the rules of the single market to satisfy a compromise crafted to placate a divided Conservative party. ”
“Prime Minister May‘s re-confirmation of our December agreement on the Irish border is reassuring. We now need credible legislative proposals detailing how the UK seeks to achieve this in practice.”