AN “impeccably reliable” Government source has revealed the petty EU negotiators would rather let their own economy suffer than allow Britain’s to flourish.
The high profile political insider told Harrow educated City expert David Buik that “the EU would rather surrender its own growth than see Britain thrive” – exposing the lengths Jean Claude Juncker’s team will go to just to make sure life outside the EU does not seem palatable.
It appears the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, would sacrifice the wellbeing of the Continent’s own citizens in order to preserve the crumbling political union.
“The EU won’t allow Britain to have a good deal for the simple reason that they have to show total resilience and that leaving the EU isn’t going to work because countries like France, Greece and Italy, which is a volcano waiting to erupt, would follow Britain out of the door.”
But the 72-year-old eurosceptic, who also works as a financial pundit at the BBC, thinks there is nothing the EU can throw at Britain’s economy that would stop it being a global powerhouse.
“This idea that Frankfurt could become an economic hub – it’s a Mickey Mouse town in Germany.
“Paris? They speak the Francias, it isn’t going to work.
“Dublin? Well, they haven’t got the money.
“London is the centre of the financial time zone and fine, we might lose 10 per cent initially but we will deal with that and trust me, we’ll get it back.
“Britain should be confident and remember this: When fear knocked at the door, fat answered and there was nobody there.”
She has met the hard nosed Frenchman and thinks that deep down he knows a bad deal for Britain is a bad deal for Europe, but thinks that is what he will do anyway.
Ms Lea, who is currently Economic Adviser to the Arbuthnot Banking Group and non-executive director since 2005, said: “Michel Barnier is a very tough cookie but I have heard he has said if there’s difficulty within the EU and Britain then it would damage the EU economically.
“He’s charming in a French sort of way.
“If the EU acted rationally in an economic sense it would be fine, but politics are involved and who knows what could happen there.”
Mo Metcalfe-Fisher, co-director of Conservative Progress and organiser of today’s conference event, said: “It was great to welcome such well connected and prestgious economic minds to the event.
“We think it’s important to make this country’s citizens aware of how positive Brexit really could be for the financial sector.”