Brexit Deal and European Commissioner’s Offensive Remarks

The EU Commission is increasingly taking an illiberal and antagonistic attitude to democratic changes and the world in general. Although deplorable they do set an outline for a possible Brexit deal.
For example, the European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society recently caused a furore by making a series of grossly offensive remarks.
They included: disparaging gay marriage, belittling Wallonia and anti-Chinese racism.
The German Federation of Lesbians and Gays commented “An EU commissioner must be able to convincingly represent the European values of non-discrimination and not put the case for racist and homophobic prejudices”
The Walloon prime minister is reported as saying “Will the European Commission be as tough against racist homophobes like [the Commissioner] as they were against those who defended transparency and democracy? We will see.”
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson was similarly unimpressed.
The lesson for the UK in negotiating a Brexit deal, including tax and customs tariffs, is to be prepared to deal firmly with an intolerant EU Commission.

Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant

About Eamon McNicholas

Tax Barrister, Accountant
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