Miffed at Britain’s strategy to “blackmail and divide” the E.U. countries ahead of the Brexit negotiations, the bloc leaders have warned Prime Minister Theresa May that such tactics may lead to a disastrous “crash-landing” for the U.K. A leaked European parliament report accused Britain of attempting to “move the goalposts and do away with the referee” in the run-up to formal Brexit talks due to open next month.
Elmar Brok, a German M.E.P. and a close aide of Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the U.K. has been seeking to win over M.E.P.s, notes The Guardian. Brok warned that the E.U. can also respond with a divisive interference over Scotland or Northern Ireland.
The reprimanding comment from the bloc comes at a time when May faces political pressure at home to let parliament have a say in the final Brexit deal, notes Belfast Telegraph. The leader of the opposition in the upper house, Baroness Smith, called on the government to include Brexit concessions on the face of the Bill that triggers withdrawal from the bloc.