Speaking on Brexitcast, the BBC Editor argued EU negotiators will wait until the EU Summit in March to give into more concessions to the UK on Brex
Speaking on Brexitcast, the BBC Editor argued EU negotiators will wait until the EU Summit in March to give into more concessions to the UK on Brexit. Ms Adler claimed the Brussels bloc is far more flexible than it is appearing at the moment, but that EU chiefs fear any concessions they might make to the UK now will not solve the political impasse as Brexiteers in the Commons would not accept them.
She said: “The bottom line is they’re just not convinced, whatever her motivation.
“I think they can see the mathematics there, but they just don’t think she’s on a winning track.
“This idea of keeping the ERG on board. They will just be saying ‘look, we told you. It’s never going to be enough’.
“This is what the EU has been feeling, the reason they’re not budging yet – and you know, they are more flexible than they are appearing right now, and I say that we care because when I say that I mean within their limits – but they are more flexible than they are showing.
“But why move now if they feel that it will never be enough at this point?
“For them, the only motivation to move now is right at the end.
“The EU will not budge, Theresa May will not budge. There’s no badging on the horizon until the EU summit in March.
“That appears to be the accepted rhythm unless an amendment is passed in the UK in the interim with legal teeth to prevent a no deal Brexit.
“That will, of course, take the pressure off again.”
It comes as the Prime Minister suffered yet another defeat in the Commons on Thursday.
MPs voted against the latest Government’s Brexit motion with Brexiteers fearing it would take the threat of leaving the EU without a deal off the negotiating table.
Before the vote, Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen argued the Prime Minister was trying to divide the European Research Group to test their loyalty over Brexit.
Mr Bridgen said he voted against the motion as he struggled to support something he was told to vote against only two weeks ago.
The Government whipped Tory MPs to vote against an amendment tabled by Caroline Spelman set to rule out a no deal scenario just over two weeks before last night’s defeat.