Michel Barnier, the former chief negotiator for Brexit, said that the real consequences of the Brexit decision did not begin to show until a few years after the 2016 referendum.
Barnier said that Brexit has indeed changed since January 1, and Brexit has definitely taken effect after the transition period, so trade barriers, restrictions on the movement of citizens and work visas are inevitable.
Barnier said at a rally in Switzerland on Wednesday, “The real consequences of the referendum are only beginning to spread to many people.”
He added: “The reality that everyone can see is that Brexit means the re-emergence of trade barriers that did not exist 47 years ago.”
The British Food and Beverage Federation announced that in January, Britain’s food and beverage exports to the EU fell by 75.5%, which was mainly due to barriers after Brexit. The British government stated that trade with the European Union has been hit by the pandemic, and companies are facing problems adapting to the new customs rules, and hopes that this situation will improve over time.
Barnier also pointed out that British and European citizens no longer have the right to move freely within the British and European territories, citing musicians who must obtain work permits as an example. He said that Brexit is also a lesson for the European Union. The European Union must show its citizens that the EU benefits everyone and that it is not a remote and indifferent bureaucracy as often described by Brexit supporters.
Barnier defended his results in the negotiations on the “European Union and United Kingdom Dissolution Agreement” signed in January 2020 and the “Trade Agreement” reached on December 24 last year, although he wanted to know whether he Negotiations were held with the chief negotiator of the United Kingdom. David Frost understands.
Barnier said: “Although we are still not completely sure that we have always understood each other, we have reached a trade agreement.” This is due to the special position of Europe and the division of national sovereignty.
Frosta is regarded as the creator of Britain’s “hard Brexit” strategy, which has a limited scope of trade agreements. French conservative, former Minister and European Commissioner Barnier (Barnier) is committed to deepening the integration of European countries.