On Monday, headlines reacted as Ms Weyand warned the UK that the EU is unlikely to budge on the issue of the Irish Backstop. Another implication however, has gone relatively unnoticed. In her comments, Ms Weyand claimed that Brussels has remained in constant contact with the EU Parliament to ensure the deal has the support of MEPs before any vote takes place. This, she said is the reason why the EU has remained so stalwart on the agreement.
The UK Government, according to Ms Weyand, has failed at it’s ability to update, inform and control it’s own Parliament. She said that the “very small circle” involved in the negotiations on the British side has now created a scenario where there is a “very high risk” of a no-deal Brexit. She has accused the British Government of working in a veil of “secrecy” which has meant that it has been unable to lead any form of negotiation.
Ms Weyand took one further swipe at Britain by accusing members of the House of Commons by saying that “much of the conversation is inhabited by any knowledge of what is actually in the withdrawal agreement.”
Such arrogance is nothing short of breathtaking.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has balanced a difficult political situation, managed Houses of Parliament to which she lacks a working majority and has still cooperated amicably with the EU.
The country the Prime Minister leads is undergoing it’s most drastic change since the end of the Second World War. Hence British politicians have been eager to ensure this path of change is trodden with the upmost care.
Yet here is an unelected and unaccountable bureaucrat, comfortably secured in Brussels, once again willing to lecture and condescend to the UK and its Government, informing them of how the should be doing things. It is highly doubtful Ms Weyand would be thrilled if the British Government officials came out publicly and criticised Michel Barnier and Jean Claude Juncker and their negotiating strategy.
Ms Weyand needs to learn what every good diplomatic must learn, commenting on another country’s domestic issues is never likely to be well-received. With each condescending comment, she only reinforces to the British public why they voted to leave the authoritarian regime that has become the European Union.