Today the EU is still banging on about the level playing field. This comes after the U.K. released its EU and U.K. future relationship document earlier this week. In the document it states…
“On 31 December 2020, at the end of the transition period provided for in that agreement, the UK will fully recover its economic and political independence. The UK will no longer be a part of the EU Single Market or the EU Customs Union.”
it goes onto say…
“It is a vision of a relationship based on friendly cooperation between sovereign equals, with both parties respecting one another’s legal autonomy and the right to manage their own resources as they see fit. Whatever happens, the Government will not negotiate any arrangement in which the UK does not have control of its own laws and political life. That means that we will not agree to any obligations for our laws to be aligned with the EU’s, or for the EU’s institutions, including the Court of Justice, to have any jurisdiction in the UK.”
The U.K. keeps slapping down the “level playing field” narrative that’s been coming from the EU is saying we will not be signing up to a trade deal where ”third countries are not asked to do the same”, so the question is why is the EU so adamant to restrict the U.K. in being competitive?
The U.K. has made it very clear that it will not align itself to single-market rules, nor will it accept any rules that hinder the U.K. as an independent coastal trading nation.
The U.K. went on to say, we want “open and fair competition” where we are treated in “partnership of equals” not told to sign up to a level playing field where we have to adhere to rules and regulations made by a third foreign entity.
The two sides have agreed to work together and thrash it out in a working group labeled “Level and fair playing field for open and fair competition”.
The U.K. has also made it clear by saying that fisheries should not be involved with the free trade agreement but dealt with separately. Talks are to start this Monday