Britains assessment of Brexit talks so far has been downbeat and grim. Some thought that a deal could have been struck by the end of today. Instead, talk of difficulties without significant progress were key in today’s statement of progress.
The UK source said: “Talks remain difficult, and we have not made significant progress in recent days, despite efforts by the UK side to bring energy and ideas to the process.”
The UK and EU have been at a deadlock for months over fisheries, with the EU demanding Britain to adhere to a rules-based Level Playing Field which the UK has refused to sign up to.
The EU wanted to slap tariffs on goods if they felt British firms had an advantage over EU businesses. Boris rightly refused the terms saying it was unacceptable saying they would prefer a WTO exit instead.
A British source said: “Like any sovereign country we must have the right to take our own decisions and to choose regulations that suit the UK.
“We cannot sign up to dynamic alignment through the back door, the UK cannot be locked into the EU’s regulatory orbit.”
This morning the EU tried to push a fake narrative saying Britain had been “Backtracking” on fisheries. Moments later the UK negotiators shut down their claims of “backtracking” saying: “We have always been absolutely clear that the UK will have control over access to our waters and a better deal for UK fishing communities.
“There is simply no truth to the idea we have backtracked.”
Whichever way you look at it, as it stands, the UK is on a fast track to a WTO deal. The EU will begin to try and divide Britain’s politicians and its people with false propaganda over the coming days. We need to keep calm and vigilant, sticking to the principles of Brexit.