With Michel Barnier failing the EU in negotiating a deal, you would think a change in tactics would be needed. Instead, it’s the opposite. In a statement after the 9th round of negotiations failed to produce an agreement, Barnier still demands the following: “We recall once again that any agreement on an economic partnership with the United Kingdom requires:
- Solid, long-term guarantees of open and fair competition. Our new economic partnership must be underpinned by clear rules. These rules must be operational and credible. That requires effective enforcement mechanisms, in particular on state aid, and a commitment towards non-regression from social, fiscal, environmental and climate standards. This is possible while fully respecting the regulatory autonomy and sovereignty of both parties.
- An efficient governance framework, based on a comprehensive agreement, with robust enforcement and dispute settlement mechanisms, as well as effective remedies. This is naturally even more important following the UK government’s introduction of the « Internal Market Bill», which breaches its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement and the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland.
- A stable, sustainable and long-term agreement on fisheries, enabling the United Kingdom to further develop its fishing opportunities, while ensuring the sustainable use of resources and protecting the activities of European fishermen and women.
To reach an agreement, these divergences must necessarily be overcome over the next weeks.”
As you can see above, the EU still hasn’t learned that the UK voted to leave the EU in its entirety. The EU is still having trouble understanding what Brexit means. The UK voted to leave the EU, and by doing so, Britain would regain its sovereignty, its laws, money and waters. As you can see above the EU do not respect the wishes of Britain, and you can see we were right to get the Internal Market Bill in place as a safety net.
What’re your thoughts on this? Do the EU respect the autonomy and sovereignty of the United Kingdom?