Re: The Malthouse Compromise
Originally Posted by Bread
Barnier said so himself that "alternative arrangements would have to be made to avoid a hard border in Ireland in case of a no deal Brexit".
Seems he let the cat out of the bag with that one.
I understood Barnier had completed his role as Chief Negotiator and Martin Selmayr is taking over.
As soon a the vote was announced in parliament last week to change the backstop a pre-prepared statement saying there would be no changes to the agreement was made by the EU, written I believe by Selmayr.
He is a crony of Junckerís and likely to be an awkward person to deal with ,an article about him from last year ....
The EU ombudsman has given a damning verdict on the way Jean-Claude Juncker's chief of staff was given the top post in the bloc's civil service.
The promotion of Martin Selmayr, nicknamed "the monster" by his boss, was fast-tracked in February, in a move condemned by one Euro MP as a "coup".
Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly identified four counts of maladministration by the European Commission.
She said the affair had damaged public trust in EU institutions.
Ms O'Reilly agreed with the European Parliament's assessment that the promotion had "stretched and possibly even overstretched the limits of the law".
However, her report will not affect his promotion. She calls only for the top job to have an appointment procedure separate from that for other senior posts.
THe EU at its best