President of the European Parliament yesterday stated that “if the UK wants to maintain the highest standards” why don’t they commit to our level playing field? Charles said: “On the level playing field, it’s a matter of the integrity of the Single Market. A question of fair competition. Our UK friends say they want to maintain the highest standards. If that’s the case, why don’t they commit to them? We don’t need words. We need guarantees.”
This statement yet again shows that sovereignty and autonomy of the UK aren’t being respected. However, today, we are set to commence negotiations once again in London with the EU.
Mr Michel also states that they are desperate for Britain to sign up to a level playing field so they can take Britain to the European Court of Justice if any part of the agreement is broken. Charles said: “The same goes for governance. The Internal Market Bill, which clearly violates the Withdrawal Agreement, reminds us just how important this is.
What’s the point of negotiating, signing and ratifying an international agreement, if it’s not implemented in full? In case of violation of the agreement, we need to be able to bring the dispute to binding independent arbitration.”
The EU Parliament then goes on to question Britain’s approach saying: “Do our British friends want to regulate state aid? And do they want to maintain high standards in health, food security , and climate, in close relationship with Europe?”
“If so, why not commit to them in our future agreement? We are determined to ensure that all businesses — British, Chinese, European, or from anywhere, follow the same principles when operating in our market. It’s only fair.”
Whichever way you look at this, the EU hasn’t changed its stripes. Yet, they are once again around the negotiating table after Boris stated we must now prepare for an Australian style deal. Was the Australian style deal spoke about just rhetoric to get a reaction or did Britain mean it?
UK negotiator Lord Frost said in his statement: “As to the substance, we note that Mr Barnier set out the principles that the EU has brought to this negotiation, and that he also acknowledged the UK’s established red lines. It is clear that significant gaps remain between our positions in the most difficult areas. However, we are ready, with the EU, to see if it is possible to bridge them in intensive talks.”
“For our part, we remain clear that the best and most established means of regulating the relationship between two sovereign and autonomous parties is one based on a free trade agreement.”
“As both sides have made clear, it takes two to reach an agreement. It is entirely possible that negotiations will not succeed. If so, the UK will end the transition period on Australia terms and will prosper in doing so.”