BBC expert reveals tool EU working on to tie Britain in forever – will anger Brexiteers

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The EU negotiating team is holding seminars for diplomats from the 27 member states ahead of negotiations with the UK on the future relationship and the presentations are being published online. Adam Fleming analysed fresh clues about the future relationship between the UK and the EU in new documents.

The BBC’s Brussels correspondent wrote: “The EU negotiators think this will all have to be managed and they place great importance on an ‘overarching governance framework’, part of which would be a joint committee of ministers and officials.

“According to the slides, one of its big tasks would be deciding how to apply new EU laws or initiatives that didn’t exist when the deal was negotiated.

“Another would be working out what to do when one side or the other diverged from where things started.

“At the same time, the EU would develop its own tools to retaliate quickly if the UK did something deemed unacceptable.

“This is at the heart of the deal the EU agreed with Switzerland (but which hasn’t been approved yet) and my hunch is it’ll be at the heart of what’s negotiated with the UK.”

It follows reports in December that the EU would insist in negotiations on the future relationship on a “scalable evolution clause” that allows them to future-proof the trade deal to subsequent governments. 

An EU source said: “As the EU side, we are trying to build a survival kit relationship. This is not a relationship for one year, the intension is it has to be scalable.

“The bare minimum the EU should do is have a relationship that will survive and set up the building blocks in order for the deal to survive different types of governments with the aim you don’t want to be stuck with a Boris Johnson-style relationship.”

The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal cleared the Commons earlier this month, paving the way for the UK to leave the EU on January 31.

Britain will then enter a transition period until the end of the year to allow time to strike a free trade agreement with the bloc.

Mr Johnson has insisted he will not push back the deadline, but critics claim that the timescale is too tight to reach a deal.

 

In an interview with BBC Breakfast on Tuesday, he said it was “epically likely” that the UK would strike a comprehensive trade agreement with the EU by the end of 2020.

He said: “Obviously you always have to budget for a complete failure of common sense, that goes without saying, but I’m very, very, very confident that we’ll get a (deal).

“This is not about a deal, this is about building a great new partnership.

“And from January 31, what we’re going to do is start working with our friends and partners around the world – not just with the EU.

“We’re going to start building new relationships with friends and partners around the world.”

BBC expert reveals tool EU working on to tie Britain in forever - will anger Brexiteers

The EU negotiating team is holding seminars for diplomats from the 27 member states ahead of negotiations with the UK on the future relationship and the presentations are being published online. Adam Fleming analysed fresh clues about the future relationship between the UK and the EU in new documents.

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