Prepare to walk away – or end up like CAMERON! Tory sounds stark Brexit talks warning

A TORY Brexiteer warned Britain risks being manipulated during European UNion negotiations unless UK officials make clear the country is prepared to walk away from talks without a deal.

Desmond Swayne, Conservative MP for New Forest West, told on the sidelines of the Tory Party conference that a ‘no-deal’ situation would not be a disaster.Mr Swayne said: “I always taken the view myself that it is by no means a disaster if we leave without a deal – but it would be suboptimal.

“There is a deal to be had that is mutually beneficial and we should, therefore, stick in with the process.

“But, if we have to go without the deal, then so be it. I think you have to maintain that possibility. Yes, we are prepared to go without a deal because that itself is a key part of the negotiating process.

Conservative Party Conference - Desmond SwayneExpress/Getty

The Tory MP sounded a warning to the UK’s negotiating team.

“If people know that you are not going to walk away, they have an advantage over you and that is exactly what happened to David Cameron in his initial negotiations to try and get a deal that would keep us in.”Brexit negotiations are proceeding at a glacial pace as the UK and EU continue to wrangle over the terms of exit agreement.

Jean-Claude Juncker reiterated that “significant progress” was still yet to be made, despite the “optimistic tone” from Mrs May.

He said: “In Florence, Theresa May struck an optimistic tone on the future relationship between the UK and the EU. When it comes to Brexit we still cannot talk about the future without any real clarity.

“This is because the condition of Article 50 and the mandate given to us by the leaders of the EU27 are very clear. We first need to agree on the terms of the divorce then we have to see if we can lovingly find each other again.”Until now I can’t say that we are ready to enter the second phase of the negotiations.

“Work still remains to be done. We have not yet made the sufficient progress needed. Negotiators made good progress on citizens rights but the indispensable role of the ECJ in guaranteeing those rights still needs to be agreed.

“I’m pleased PM May and her team recognises the UK has financial obligations it must respect. The devil will, as always, be in the detail but the taxpayers of the EU27 should not pay for the British decision.”

He said: “Well, I think you have got to take everything with a pinch of salt in terms of negotiations that take place in private but people make statements in public to put pressure on the other side.

“It’s always the case with negotiations of that sort. Does he really mean it, and to what extent does he mean it if he does?

“We equally will be putting pressure on their side. There is plenty for them in this deal, if they want a deal, as there is for us.”

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