“I can’t imagine a situation where we have more barriers on trade in both directions. You are our fourth biggest export market. It is in our mutual interest to find a solution, and the majority of the EU now agrees that anything other than a soft Brexit would have a huge cost,” he said.
“We will be able to negotiate a trade agreement. It may be sui generis but it can be done,” he said.
Mr Bourgeois said the idea of North Sea Union was first proposed by the German ‘Land’ of Bremen six years ago but has suddenly become topical again with the Brexit vote. Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, and Norway would be the obvious members.
Can’t have the French in though. The point would be to gang up on them, no?