RED FACED – EU threats shown to be empty as deadline on removal of the Internal Market Bill passes.

A significant climb down from the EU happened yesterday after they backed out of tearing up the withdrawal agreement and walking away. The Vice European Commission President, Maros Sefcovic, stated the EU would keep the negotiations open and not walk away from the table. This language was the polar opposite from their words of warning published weeks ago. 

The EU Commission Vice President said: “I think it’s very important to say, to underline, that it could never be the EU which would call the end of the negotiations on the future partnership between the EU and UK.”

These words from the Vice Commission President shows that the EU know the scale of the loss and impact of a trading nation such as the United Kingdom leaving the EU without something In place first.

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The EU states it still stands by its plans to bring Boris in front of the European Judges due to what they see is breaches of the withdrawal agreement. However, for now, they will work with Mr Gove and his team to seek assurances and find a workaround with the Northern Ireland border protocol. This new move shows that the EU is still at the table, on the hunt for a deal. Going back on their threat shows the EU are desperate for an agreement with the UK even if it means going back on their threats.

Maros Sefcovic said: “We know there is a huge responsibility upon our shoulders, and we will use every opportunity, every minute, out of negotiating time, not only to agree and find an ambitious agreement for the partnership between the EU and the UK but also properly and timely implement the Withdrawal Agreement,”

Mr Gove after the meeting said: “We are committed to using every moment available – every second, every minute, every hour – to reach an agreement, and I am confident that we will.”

He added: “There have been those in the European Union who have been concerned about the clauses that we have put into the UK Internal Market Bill, but I was able to stress today – as I have in the House of Commons – that these clauses are a safety net.

“We want to reach agreement in the Joint Committee; we want to make sure that the position of Northern Ireland is secure in the United Kingdom, we want to ensure the Withdrawal Agreement is implemented in full. But those clauses are there, they are in legislation, supported by the House of Commons, as a safety net, if need be, and those clauses will remain in that bill.”

The EU’s end game is to get a deal which is more favourable to the EU than the UK. But the UK doesn’t seek anything other than a true free trade deal which the EU is still reluctant to offer. The question to ask is could the EU provide a free trade deal to the UK before the deadline, and the answer is yes. It’s well known for the EU to pull something out of the bag just before the deadline as a plan b and the way things are going that plan b is looking more realistic as time goes on. What’re your thoughts on this? Leave your comments below. 

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