“Welcome to Brexit”
Here’s the Brexit cake you ordered, now you’ve got to eat it.
At a lunch with EU ambassadors on Wednesday, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen is understood to have given a frosty response to the volley of complaints from UK businesses about how difficult it all is, especially the rules of origin issue.
“She referred very briefly to some of the problems that had arisen and she took an extremely hostile, frosty line,” says one source, “basically, that the EU will have to remain calm and the UK will have to adapt. The UK has chosen to put itself in this position because it dropped out of the customs union and single market.”Tony Connelly, RTE
In the words of a Dutch customs official as he seized sandwiches from a British driver at the Hook of Holland ferry terminal this week: “Welcome to the Brexit, sir.”Naomi O’Leary, Irish Times