Chief EU Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier had said to a French newspaper Le Figaro that “There is obviously a risk, but I do not want to make a trial of intent here” when he was asked about “significant litigation” as a result of the UK not following the rules of the trade treaty with the EU.
Michel Barnier said “This agreement must be the basis for intelligent and sustainable cooperation between Europe and the United Kingdom.
“The British have experienced diplomats who never give up and always ask for more!
“They wanted ‘the best of both worlds’.”
At the launch of the treaty on Christmas Eve in Brussels, the commission chief was asked how the EU will make the UK will stick to its side of the treaty, Ursula Von der Leyen replied saying: “We have strong measures that can be taken if one party does not play by the rules.
“So, starting from re-balancing mechanisms that are built-in with dispute settlement mechanisms, to review clauses and overall review for example, after four years, to see whether both sides played by the rules, that the level playing field is level indeed.
“And there is the commitment to follow whatever has been agreed in this deal.
“So, from the experience we have had we built-in safeguards that are necessary to make sure there is a strong incentive for both sides to stick to what they have agreed to.”
With this, the UK quickly responded to the vailed cautious threats with a Downing Street spokesperson saying: “The deal is based on international law, not EU law.
“There is no role for the European Court of Justice and no requirements for the UK to continue following EU law or be forced to keep EU law as it currently stands.
“If the UK exercises its sovereign right to have different rules to the EU, any issues arising will be dealt with fairly by an independent arbitration process with no role for EU judges.”