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.