In another displaying of brutal bullying from the EuropeanÂ Union EU negotiator Micheal Barnier vowed to teach Britons about the consequencesÂ of Brexit.
The former French foreign minister claimed Brexit would be â€œan educational processâ€ for Great Britain,Â warning: â€œThere are extremely serious consequences of leaving the single market and it hasnâ€™t been explained to the British people. We intend to teach peopleâ€¦ what leaving the single market means.â€
Even with the threats hurled at them. Brexit SecretaryÂ David Davis remains strong and is conceding nothing to the EU.
The remarks have been seized upon by EU loyalists in the media and political establishment, but Barnierâ€™s opposite number David Davis has remained relaxed, explaining that the EUâ€™s heated rhetoric is simply an attempt to bounce the UK into concessions on the 100 billion euroÂ â€œransomâ€Â it has been demanding as the price of an orderly Brexit.
â€œWhat [Barnierâ€™s] concerned about is that heâ€™s not getting the answer [he wants] on money and theyâ€™ve set this up to try and create pressure on us,â€ Davis said in an interview with Andrew Marr,Â reportedÂ by Euractiv.
â€œIâ€™m not going to allow them to use that time pressure to force us to do x, y or z.â€
He explained that â€œthe point about the Europeans [is] they wonâ€™t talk about the future, theyâ€™ll only talk about so-called divorce proceedings.
â€œWe are saying, â€˜youâ€™ve given us this enormous bill weâ€™ll go through line by lineâ€™; we gave them a two-and-a-half hour presentation, they evenÂ complainedÂ about that.
â€œWeâ€™re going through this very systematically, very British way, very pragmatic way of doing it and of course [Barnier is] finding it difficult, which is why this stance in the press conference.â€