In order to make pressure on Brexit in the EU, the British Foreign Minister tries in Italy with a dairy calculation: No EU market access for us, no sales market for your prosecco. The mockery is quite big.

Anyone who still believed London knew what his citizens had voted for has now been definitely better informed. Through a small battle between British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson and Italian Industry Minister Carlos Calenda.

Johnson had warned Calenda of a slump in the Italian prosecco heels, should the EU not grant the United Kingdom free access to the EU’s internal market. The brief and unfamiliar fluffy strike exchange reveals how low the discussion has fallen. Instead of diplomacy sometimes clear words: Either we get access to the internal market or you sell less prosecco. All right?

That would have Calenda the conversation brühwarm Bloomberg TV stuck, so Johnson had probably not expected. Johnsons milkmaid calculation, he had almost “a little offensive”, Calenda complained.

At least he could counter. “I sell less to a country, while you get rid of fewer fish and chips in 27 countries,” Calenda said. One to 27 – even basic schoolchildren can relate this. The disgrace for Johnson could hardly be bigger.

London is in a difficult situation. That is why Johnson is sober, but does not apologize. After picking up his Brexit wish list at the European Commission several times, he is now trying to make it through the back door in the second row.

Great Britain could be indebted for £ 100 billion (around € 116 billion) over the next five years, according to the newspaper “Financial Times”. The main risk is lower tax revenues: because of the Brexit vote, economic growth could drop significantly, and investment could also decrease. In a historic vote, the British decided in June to leave the EU.

This forecast supports the assumption that it could become expensive for Great Britain as a result of the Brexit vote.

The report comes just a week before the budget speech of British treasurer Philip Hammond next Wednesday. It raises doubts about the government’s announcement that the economy will be able to keep up with increased government spending and tax cuts.

“There will not be much room in the public finances to reinvent fiscal policy with a major economic stimulus package,” writes the Financial Times.

Johnson and the Prosecco

Foreigners, Boris Johnson, were the cause of irritation. According to “Guardian”, he urged the European partners to grant Great Britain free access to the single market despite Brexit. According to this, Johnson wanted the Italian Minister of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda, to make the free trade with Italy’s Prosecco sales on the island palatable.

“He said,” I do not want free movement, but access to the internal market, “Calenda cites the British Foreign Minister, according to the Bloomberg news agency, to which the Guardian refers. Calenda refused, and Johnson argued, “Then you sell less Prosecco.”


The Italian countered as follows: Britain would sell less fish and chips. “I sell less to a country, while you get rid of fewer fish and chips in 27 countries.” Comparisons of this kind were a little offensive, concluded Calenda. EU ministers are laughing at Johnsons Prosecco plans.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson wants to be particularly clever and chess around Britain’s role after the Brexit. But the Italians are only amused at his prosecco threat.

Britain’s Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, is making amends with his EU counterparts. He calls for full access to the EU internal market after the Brexit. Otherwise it could have consequences for other countries.

He threatened the Italian Minister of Economic Affairs, Carlo Calenda, with lower sales of Prosecco on the island. Johnson told him, “I do not want free movement, but access to the internal market,” says the Italian Bloomberg TV. Calenda refused. “I said: no chance”. Whereupon Johnson argued, “Then you sell less Prosecco.”

Boris Johnson EU ministers are laughing at Prosecco plans for BrexitCalenda countered, then Britain would sell less fish and chips. “I am selling less to a country, perhaps less prosecco, but in less than 27 countries, it is less fish and chips.” The Italian added that he felt a little offensive at this level.

He said Johnson’s claim was incompatible with the European notions of freedom of movement. The British government must finally sit down, put its cards on the table and begin to negotiate reasonably. “There is a lot of chaos in them. Someone would have to tell us something and it would have to be something that makes sense. ”

Dijsselbloem: Requests “intellectually impossible”

Clearly, Eurogroup Commissioner Jeroen Dijsselbloem also denied British demands for full access to the EU’s internal market after the Brexit. Corresponding reflections by Johnson, Dijsselbloem in the BBC described as “intellectually impossible” and “politically inaccessible”. He told CNBC, on the sidelines of a conference in London, that Johnson was not “realistic and fair to British voters”.

Johnson had told the Czech newspaper “Hospodarske Noviny” that Great Britain would probably have to leave the EU customs union, but continue to operate free trade with the EU countries. He also insisted on limiting European immigration. It is an “absolute myth” to say that freedom of movement is one of the pillars of the EU.

Amused was responded by Guy Verhofstadt, the representative of the European Parliament for Brexit affairs. He wrote on Twitter that he “can not wait to negotiate with Johnson.” He would like to “read” Article 3 of the European Treaty on the free movement of persons and goods.