Brexit extension derogations 'not a runner' says expert
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The Belgian politician, an arch-Remainer and europhile, hit out after sharing a news article which revealed the UK will directly contact member states in a bid to solve Brexit red tape.
Yesterday, the UK Government said it hoped to sidestep Brussels and open negotiations with individual EU countries “very shortly” to help UK artists tour on the continent, after musicians, actors and their crews faced extra fees and restrictions.
Mr Verhofstadt hit out, claiming Boris Johnson was “scrambling for second-best options”.
Mr Verhofstadt tweeted: “Another solution Brexit turned into a problem: UK gov chose not to extend opportunities to artists and the highly successful sector around them… and now must go scrambling for second-best options.
“Red tape and blood red business figures is what Brexit means.”
His comments were met with anger, as many claimed red tape is an “EU fail”.
One person replied: “You are hilarious!
“Not one tweet about vaccines.
“Now please search the visa programme that exists for artists travelling to the States and replicate in a week.
“Total clown. The EU will be a non-political body as it always should of been within three years.”
Another said: “Now UK is going to negotiate bilateral deals with selected EU countries.
“We can guess which European countries will be excluded.
“UK had little to lose by not including this in the Brexit deal, but in terms of solidarity EU now faces risks.
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“It’s an EU fail.”
Someone else said: “These are EU rules.
“The only ‘trade bloc’ in the world to impede trade if you don’t devolve legislative and law making powers to it.
“Oh, and huge sums of money.”
Others called for the EU to not be “vindictive” towards Britain.
They said: “The EU ‘price’ was too high.
“European Commission tries to leverage every reasonable agreement to force an advantage.
“Why don’t you [EU] just let them come and go? Your rules!
“If you really feel strongly please provide clear support for the bilateral best we can do.
“Don’t be vindictive to the UK!”
This comes after Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, said some British musicians were having concerts planned for summer cancelled.
Others had been sacked from European orchestras, according to the BBC.
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