A major fracture has opened in the EU over Ursula von der Leyen’s handling of post-Brexit talks with Britain as a member state has accused it of harming Europe because of a desire for “Brexit revenge”.
Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó hit out at Brussels after he held his first talks with James Cleverly since he became foreign secretary in September.
The two met for talks in London after speaking at a conference on violence against women in conflict organised by the Foreign Office as Mr Cleverly made his first ally within the EU.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk in a rare newspaper interview following his discussions with Mr Cleverly, the Hungarian foreign minister said he believed too many people in Brussels are motivated by a desire for “Brexit revenge.”
Mr Szijjártó, who also discussed his country’s different position on Ukraine with Mr Cleverly, made it clear that Hungary is on Britain’s side regarding problematic talks on fixing the Northern Ireland protocol and other issues going forward.
The minister said it as wrong to exlcude the UK from the Horizon Project on research and innovation as well as failing to take a reasonable approach with the Northern Ireland protocol.
Hungary has its own dispute with Brussels after the European Parliament voted that funds should be withheld after it refused to take central dictats from the European Commission.
Mr Szijjártó pointed out that like the UK before it left the EU, Hungary takes the view that national sovereignty should not be overcome by a desire for federalism in europe.
He said: “We struggle allot because of this approach in Brussels.
“Mr Szijjártó claimed Brussels has a different viiew of democracy.
He said that the liberals in Europe want to “create a United States of Europe” which removes sovereign control of a country and its traditions and heritage Mr Szijjártó added: “Forcing us to forget where we came from, who we are is too much.
He admitted he regretted the UK’s departure because “it was in the sovereignist camp” against fedeeralists in Brussels.
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