Last night UK Chief negotiator David Frost hosted Michel Barnier in London for dinner. This comes as the two side lock horns today in trade negotiations in the hunt for a deal after the two sides admitted having vast differences on demands in the previous rounds.
Some companies now fear what will happen if the two sides can’t come to an arrangement. Even though the UK left the EU membership last January, thanks to the previous Theresa May’s administration, the UK has been tied into uneven talks, in a transition period, still being tied and bound by EU rules without representation till the end of this calendar year.
The EU has continued their insistence on the UK signing up to EU regulations on state aid rules, and workers rights while continuing demands for unrestricted access into Britains fish-rich waters.
The UK, under Boris Johnson, has stood its ground on demand for the UK to fully diverge from the bloc’s rules, to be free to strike deals on trade with countries around the world without being tied and bound by EU rules and regulations.
The EU never thought the UK under Boris Johnson would be as tough as they are. In past reports from leaked EU documents, it was clear to see the EU thought the UK was going to be a pushover, and back in the time under Theresa May, the UK was undoubtedly subservient to the demands of the EU.
In leaked reports from 2017, the Guardian stated the guidelines set out for Michel Barnier by the EU were to protect the rights of the three million EU citizens, that were then currently living in the UK at the time, Extract cash from Britain to fund the then-existing commitments and making sure that EU judges could hold Britain to any created treaty post-Brexit.
While the document insisted on the UK paying a “global amount” to honour what was owed by the UK in the then existing arrangements, it also said the EU could adjust the “schedule of annual payments” reflecting loans and guarantees made by the EU while Britain was still a member meaning that Britain would still be paying money to the EU post-Brexit deadline.
This is why the EU finds it paramount to having the ECJ in place to rule over the UK post-Brexit to keep Britain paying payments to the EU.
With this being known, it was clear to the new administration under Boris Johnson that going forward under the old terms was not going to work and this is why the EU is now out of options, because in a mutual negotiation nowhere does it say that one side has to agree to the others demands fully. Instead, the UK can continue to reject any demands deemed to overstep the sovereignty and right of the UK being a free independent nation.