Luxembourg PM: UK plays by our rules or accepts no deal

epa07864889 Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel speaks during the 2019 Climate Action Summit which is being held ahead of the General Debate of the General Assembly of the United Nations at United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 23 September 2019. World Leaders have been invited to speak at the event, which was organized by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, for the purpose of proposing plans for addressing global climate change. The General Debate of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly begins on 24 September. EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE

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The prime minister of Luxembourg urged the U.K. to accept the rules of the EU single market or face a cliff-edge at the end of 2020.

Xavier Bettel, who is in London for the NATO summit, told an academic audience that the U.K. must decide what it wants from its future relationship with the European Union.

“We cannot accept cherry-picking. You decided to leave. I won’t accept that you destroy the single market. We have rules and you will have to accept these rules. It is not that the U.K. will change Europe,” he said.

Bettel was speaking about how the EU should promote its interests and values on the global stage at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In a stark warning to Johnson, Bettel said “there’s a possibility to have a cliff-edge, to have nothing” at the end of 2020. He dismissed suggestions the Brexit transition could be extended if the U.K. and the EU have failed to strike a deal on their future relationship when it expires in December 2020.

“If you ask for a new delay, because you think you’re going to have a better deal, then no. We have to respect procedures, but the fact is that we shouldn’t postpone it,” Bettel said.

 

Via Politico

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