Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s negotiator has rejected plans laid out by David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, to leave the customs union, whilst temporarily remaining within it.
Verhofstadt said in a statement:
“The new paper announced by the U.K. Government seems to suggest that it is possible to be in and out of the customs union at the same time. Moreover, that an “invisible border” between Ireland and Northern Ireland is feasible. I fear this is all mere fantasy. In any case these discussions will be part of the second phase of the negotiations. First, we need to deal with the issues currently on the table: the rights of the citizens and the financial settlement”.
Davis said, when questioned on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, about what would happen in the interim was unable to give further details, saying:
“What happens in that sort of interim period you will have to leave me to negotiate, I’m afraid”.
David Davis’s authority was also damaged when James Chapman, his former Chief of Staff, launched an attack onto the character of Davis. He said:
“I was with David Davis when he leered over Diane Abbott. He was drunk, bullying and inappropriate”.