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EU making ‘catastrophic’ Brexit mistake -Hunt attacks arrogant Brussels’ refusal to budge

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Jeremy Hunt has written to his former colleagues in the EU urging them to negotiate with the UK. The former foreign secretary has hit out at Brussels for misunderstanding British politics, and warns that a “catastrophic failure in statecraft” looms. He also issues a stern warning to EU chiefs and says if “they think this is bad, just wait until what happens after Boris wins an election”.

Speaking to BBC news, Mr Hunt revealed that he had sent the letter to Brussels to urge them to engage in Brexit talks with the UK.

He said: “I think we could be about to see a catastrophic failure in statecraft.

“Not because of malevolence by the EU – I think they are sincere in wanting a deal – but just because they haven’t really understood what’s happening in British politics right now.”

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But the former cabinet secretary, who resigned when Mr Johnson won the Tory leadership race, said he did not think the EU were being “stubborn”.

Instead he said:”I think it is a bureaucratic inertia that says this is all so difficult and so complicated.

“But the biggest mistake that we made in the Brexit negotiations is when things get bad, you say, surely they could’t get even any worse than this – and they do.

“And I think that is true from the European’s point of view – they thing this is bad, just wait until what happens after Boris wins an election.”

The letter, sent to his former counterparts in the EU pleaded with them for a chance in tact.

It read: “I am writing this open letter now because I believe the Brexit outcome is about to be made worse – for both the EU and the UK.

“Once again, I fear a profound and mutual lack of understand is leading the EU to make the same mistakes over and over again.”

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He said that he is “hoping and praying” such an outcome does not happen.

Mr Hunt said that the EU has made mistakes before, when it failed to offer David Cameron a compelling case to remain, and then again when negotiators gave Theresa May “too little” to secure parliamentary backing for the Brexit deal.

EU making ‘catastrophic’ Brexit error – Hunt attacks arrogant Brussels’ negotiating stance

Jeremy Hunt has written to his former colleagues in the EU urging them to negotiate with the UK. The former foreign secretary has hit out at Brussels for misunderstanding British politics, and warns that a “catastrophic failure in statecraft” looms. He also issues a stern warning to EU chiefs and says if “they think this is bad, just wait until what happens after Boris wins an election”.

Jeremy Hunt has written to his former colleagues in the EU urging them to negotiate with the UK. The former foreign secretary has hit out at Brussels for misunderstanding British politics, and warns that a “catastrophic failure in statecraft” looms.

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