EU never learns! ‘Dangerous’ Brexit success terrifying EU – MEP ‘regrets’ UK’s departure

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Britain successfully left the EU after Britons voted in a referendum in 2016. The UK and the EU are still locking horns over the Northern Ireland Protocol in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, but Britain has made a success of its departure from the bloc so far.

So much so, that according to Italian MEP Annalisa Tardino, Brexit is now seen as a “dangerous precedent” in the EU.

The Lega MEP told Express.co.uk: “Certainly there’s a difference from what was expected from Brexit – that Brexit would be a disaster for the UK – and what happened.

“Sadly, unfortunately for us, this has not happened. We are delighted that the shack did not cause damage to the UK.

“But as a European citizen and part of the European institutions, I also regret Brexit because it is objectively a significant precedent.

So much so, that according to Italian MEP Annalisa Tardino, Brexit is now seen as a “dangerous precedent” in the EU.

The Lega MEP told Express.co.uk: “Certainly there’s a difference from what was expected from Brexit – that Brexit would be a disaster for the UK – and what happened.

“Sadly, unfortunately for us, this has not happened. We are delighted that the shack did not cause damage to the UK.

“But as a European citizen and part of the European institutions, I also regret Brexit because it is objectively a significant precedent.

“And it is an important precedent because the UK is gaining from it.”

She added: “In Italy, Brexit is seen as a positive example for those who have a more skeptical and more critical attitude of what the European Union has done to date.

“I believe that it is very dangerous because this can lead to the failure of our institutions in which we believe and for which we work so that we can truly rediscover the sentiment which at the time determined the birth of the Union.

“Leaving for Great Britain was a legitimate choice and it was clearly democratic, it is dangerous because in other states, above all in Italy, this danger can be feared and even more so if, as we said before, Brexit was not a disaster for the United Kingdom, but rather a success.”

The Italian MEP also lamented the bloc “hasn’t learned much” from the experience of the Brexit negotiations. 

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It comes as on Friday, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said finding a solution to the Northern Ireland Protocol dispute is an “absolute priority”, ahead of her latest meeting with the European Commission vice-president.

Ms Truss will meet Maros Sefcovic in London on Friday morning for a fresh round of discussions to resolve the deadlock over the controversial post-Brexit trading arrangements.

It comes after Northern Ireland was plunged into a fresh political upheaval last week when the DUP withdrew Paul Givan as first minister in protest at the deal.

Mr Givan said the protocol, which has created trade barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, had undermined a cornerstone of powersharing in the region – governance with the consent of both nationalists and unionists.

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Boris Johnson signed the protocol with the EU as a measure to stop a hard border being erected, and jeopardising the peace process, on the island of Ireland.

But his Government is trying to renegotiate the deal, arguing that it is hampering the movement of goods between Britain and Northern Ireland and damaging community relations.

Ahead of Friday’s talks, the Foreign Secretary said: “Fixing the Northern Ireland Protocol is an absolute priority for me.

“We have a shared responsibility with the EU to work towards solutions as quickly as possible that deliver for the people of Northern Ireland.

“I look forward to meeting vice-president Sefcovic in person again today.”

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