After Michel Barnier went on the attack after the third round Brexit negotiations at Friday post negotiation press conference, it looks like word has gone out to difference EU groups asking for support. This calling for supporting seems to be for optic reasons. A statement was soon released by Luca Jahier, EESC President and Stefano Mallia, Chair of the European Economic Social Committee EESC Brexit Follow-up Group.
The very first opening sentence in the statement says: “The EESC gives its full support to EU negotiator and calls for a consensus-building attitude”. Again the EESC is extremely fearful of a No Deal outcome, labelling it “reckless” to think the UK wanted to go its way without ties to the EU.
The EESC calls for “collective responsibility to incentivise both sides to reach a deal” while using damage prevention due to coronavirus as the excuse to avoid a No Deal scenario.
The EESC goes on to say: “Now is the time when we must register real concrete progress in all areas of negotiations, pushing aside roadblocks with a constructive spirit. We cannot afford once more another deadlock in the three areas where progress is needed.”
“Only a strong level playing field guarantees the prevention of any kind of unfair competition in a broad and comprehensive economic partnership. Modern trade is sustainable trade.”
“A single governance framework to avoid unnecessary duplication and inefficiencies, ensuring transparency and proper enforcement.”
“Uphold common values, such as democracy, the rule of law and human rights as the base of any further relationship. The EU cannot accept any lowering of current standards and guarantees of fundamental rights and individual freedoms.”
When we break down the EESC demands through their a false middle man Persona, it reads that the EESC wants the UK to drop its redlines, which they label as a roadblock. If the UK was to go down the road of the “level playing field”, you have to question, who benefits from that move.
We know, and the EESC recognise, that the move to clear the way for a level playing field would benefit the EU at the detriment of the UK.
Are the EU that deluded to think the UK will buy into this attempt, that would once again to rub out our redlines for the betterment of a foreign entity?
Is it not the EU’s stubbornness to not realising that a true FTA doesn’t demand giving its sovereignty away?
It’s unprecedented for a country to find that sort of FTA attractive, and the UK under Boris Johnson, isn’t game to set a precedent, that normalises this kind of agreement.
Boris still stands by his vision for the UK to become a genuinely independent coastal nation, leaving the EU in its entirety by 31st Decemberber 2020.