Who is this guy from Malta? A nobody that anyone even cares about or has heard of.
Clearly, he has zero knowledge of diplomacy.
The faster we're out, the better.
There's a really simple way to resolve this without all the pussyfooting around that's been happening. Invoke article 50; tell them we're leaving in 90 days and all of them will be subject to World Trade Organisation tariffs.
We'll see who jumps around then!