The Sunday Express reported they’ve seen a draft mandate written up by the U.K. government for EU talks, the mandate put out Mr Johnson lines in the coming negotiations.
It confirms Boris has ditched the approach of his predecessor in looking for a deal with the EU, which might tie and judgements and Britain together.
Rather, he would like to maximise Britain’s freedom to make its own way in the world, whilst having a friendly trading relationship like Canada, South Korea and Japan.
Boris will express that the EU can’t speak from a moral high ground on standards as British standards are mostly better than those set by the EU.
While six EU countries have no minimum wages at all — we in the UK have a higher minimum wage than all but three EU member states. (As Boris said, our standards are better than most in the EU)
A government source said:”Obviously, both the EU and the UK are aiming for a tariff and quota-free deal, but asking for alignment on standards Is unreasonable and doesn’t make sense when the EU’s standards fall under the UK’s in many areas of employees’ rights, environmental protections and health and safety.”
Insiders say the draft mandate, expected to be published after this week’s recess, puts forward the approach from the EU.
It points out that the EU eliminated 99.5 percentage of tariffs with South Korea, 99 percent with Japan and 98.7 percent with Canada — but none of them are subject to significant alignments on regulation or state aid rules.
Regardless of this, the EU is expected to release its mandate for discussions in the coming weeks — stating that the UK can’t have a trade deal unless it accepts being subject to free movement of individuals.
The bloc will say Britain should stay aligned — which is little surprise, seeing that 99% of Europe’s intelligence information comes from the MI5, MI6, GCHQ and other UK agencies.
The EU includes a £100billion trade surplus and nations including Hungary are concerned that trade with the UK may be lost to other countries around the world offering better deals.
On subsidies, the EU is requesting that it has jurisdiction on these regulations and are enforced in the UK, and that its principles are adhered to by Britain eternally.
But statistics suggest that Britain has a better record on subsidy control than most member countries.
The EU has taken action against UK subsidies four times in the last 21 years — compared with 45 against Italy 29 enforcement actions against France, and 67 against Germany. On taxation, the EU needs Britain to comply with its criteria and participate in cross-border tax planning structures.
A insider said:”We’ve got a strong mandate to get Brexit done, receive a future trade deal and focus on sovereignty. This is in accord with trade deals that the EU has done before — we expect the same to apply to us”
But there are fears from Brexiteer MPs the Prime Minister might have jeopardized his negotiating stance by enabling company Huawei to help assemble the 5G net network.
The claim comes in Nigel Farage — that met US President Donald Trump, his deputy Mike Pence and 30 Anglophile congressmen.
An MP who was briefed by Mr Farage afterwards said:”The message was that they are really mad about the decision and it might block a trade deal.
“They cannot do a data-sharing agreement with us if they think that it is compromised by safety.”
According to Downing Street sources, Mr Johnson’s bullish approach comes”with a new sense of positivity in the Cabinet” following his reshuffle last Thursday.