During a controversial appearance on the Andrew Marr show this morning, Mr Verhofstadt said if any deal was voted down by the UK Parliament there would be a “crisis in British politics” and maybe a new Government with a fresh position on Brexit.
The European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator argued it would be “penalising citizens” to continue without change in the areas of goods and financial services, but alter freedom of movement rules.
And he said he was “very worried” about the issue of citizens’ rights.
After the show aired, he again used Twitter to hit out at the “negative” consequences and asked people for their comments.
He wrote: “I discussed Brexit today with Andrew Marr from the BBC One.
“We must mitigate the negative consequences of it and build a close relationship.
“Citizens shouldn’t pay the price. But first we must know what it is that the British Government wants!
“What do you think would be best? Great to have your thoughts.”
Guy Verhofstadt has been supported by Remainers
And his Facebook page was soon besieged by desperate Remainers who mocked Theresa May and called on him to help stop a hard Brexit.
Michael Rees told him: “There is a large number of people in the UK who still want to be part of the EU. Please don’t forget us.”
Anna Schiffer wrote: “No Brexit, please! We have no idea about or crazy, ignorant Government either.
“They are stubborn ideologues who are hostages of a few extremists and several newspaper proprietors.”
I discussed #Brexit today with @AndrewMarr9. We must mitigate the negative consequences of it and build a close relationship. Citizens shouldn’t pay the price. But first we must know what it is that the British Government wants! Share your thoughts here: https://t.co/83HwP1ZDJW
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) February 18, 2018
Antony Norris insisted: “What the vast majority of us want is to remain in the EU, or at the very least, as a full EEA member, but at the worst to retain our EU citizenship, preferably at no charge, as it is being snatched away from us along with out human rights.
“Please help us. Only 17 million of a population of 65 million voted for Brexit.
“The referendum was only advisory. The constitutional requirements of the UK were not met in proceeding with Article 50.”
Stephen Moore even said he wished Mr Verhofstadt was leading the country, writing: If only you were the British PM Guy Verhofstadt! The choice is really simple.
Guy Verhofstadt says the Brexit vote is ‘stupid’
“A ‘soft’ Brexit would be a waste of time and the UK should remain in the EU.
“Whilst a ‘hard’ Brexit would pose a severe threat to the economy and increase inequality. Neither May nor Corbyn have the guts to admit this.”
Brexit voter Stephen Sinclair admitted he had since changed his view because he voted without “all the facts” and predicted the decision would be reversed.
He wrote: “If we leave, the UK will be back in the EU within 10 years. Brexit voters are dying off and young will want to rejoin the EU.”
Speaking to the BBC today, Mr Verhofstadt said: “What we want as a European Parliament is an association agreement and in this association agreement there will be a free trade deal inside.”
He added that he wanted to see Britain remain in the single market, be a member of the European Economic Area and a member of a customs union.
Transition he argued would be the continuation of the “existing rules, the existing policies without having a say”.
The EU he said was “not against” a transition period and it was “even necessary” to discuss and negotiate a future relationship, adding: “It’s normal that in a transition, you simply continue the existing rules and the existing policies.”
Mr Verhofstadt said it was not acceptable to alter free movement of people rules during any Brexit transition, warning it would be “penalising citizens”.
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He said: “It’s not acceptable for us that rules will continue without change for financial services, for goods, for whatever other business and only for the citizens their situation will change. That is penalising citizens.”
He added it would be possible by March 2019 to agree a withdrawal agreement, a transition period and an annex, a political declaration, describing a future relationship between Britain and the EU.
On Britain’s aims for a special bespoke arrangement for financial services, the MEP stressed the necessity of a “level playing field”.
He warned: “What we don’t want is that with this whole agreement we establish a type of financial centre that is competing with the Continent not in a serious way by every time lowering taxes, lowering the type of rules so that we create a competitive disadvantage.”