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    Brexit boom: EU panic as companies flee bloc for bright ...

    BREXIT Britain's future could prove to be vastly profitable for UK industries according to one expert.

    Think Tank Director for The Bruges Group, Robert Oulds, argued Britain's
    Brexit future looks bright. During an interview with, Mr Oulds claimed companies that have resided in the EU will leave in favour of operating out of the UK. He added an individual UK would be very appealing to foreign investment as the EU struggles with a multitude of problems.

    Mr Oulds said: "What we will also see is more companies fleeing the EU for the UK. "We have already seen how Unilever wants to take its headquarters outside of the Netherlands into the UK. "There are car companies that want to shift their production from Spain to the UK."

    Mr Oulds reiterated that Britain had great potential outside of the European Union. He said: "One thing I have always maintained through this campaign is that Britain outside of the EU would attract more foreign investment than inside. "Brexit will simply be a boom to our economy. "We will see that wealth flowing out of the European Union as companies flee the debt crisis in the EU."

    The Brexiteer highlighted some of the reasons the EU would be less attractive to foreign investors over the next few years. Mr Oulds said: "Companies fear the debt crisis in the EU, the massive unemployment, the lack of economic opportunities there. "There is also the high regulation for a competitive United Kingdom that if we do not sign this agreement with Brussels the UK would be free to compete. "The UK would be able to make our own rules and make our own trade agreements. "We would be able to run our economy to our best interest, not in the interest of Brussels."

    Mr Oulds also took aim at the European Union for the manner in which they have conducted themselves during the Brexit trade talks. He insisted that the European Union's demands are too high and Britain should remain firm and not agree to them despite threats of a no deal. He added that the EU is used to getting their way in trade talks but Britain was determined not to give in.

    Brexit boom: EU panic as companies flee bloc for bright ...

    05 X 2020.

    No Deal is best for the UK.

    No one can run your life, home or business better than you.

    Beyond the ‘doom and gloom’ the UK will survive and thrive. Will the EU?

  2. #652

    What in cod’s name is Macron up to picking a fight on fishing with Britain as Brexit deal closes in?

    With a long-awaited Brexit agreement looking likely, President Macron has jeopardised any agreement by saying the UK position on fishing is “unacceptable.” As history has shown, upsetting the Brits over fish is an unwise move.

    A frenzied weekend of telephone diplomacy proves that a Brexit deal is alive and well – which some never doubted – although one man’s ego could prove the final undoing of this most cack-handed of negotiations. And it’s not, as you might immediately think, British PM Boris Johnson, but his counterpart from across La Manche, President Emmanuel Macron. Like the irritatingly vain types we all know, who cannot help casting an admiring glance at their own form if they spy their reflection in a shop window, the French leader finds it impossible to resist any opportunity to seize upon a little foreign grandeur if the chance arises. And when opinion polls show 60% of French people
    disapprove of their leader, then what does he have to lose?

    Understand that, and you can see where his threat to throw a spanner into the Brexit works at this week’s European Union leaders’ summit comes from. At yet another critical point of these seemingly interminable negotiations, and with both sides agreeing that a deal before the deadline is do-able, Macron has chosen to declare that the British position over fisheries is “unacceptable.” Macron wants to keep the status quo for French fishing fleets, some of which rely on British waters for 75% of their catch. Instead, the UK is offering renegotiated, time-limited rights. It’s not enough for France. After all, Macron has 2,100 miles of mainland coastline to look after as well.

    The French say that while failure would be an undesirable outcome, they will let Brexit talks collapse rather than make unreasonable concessions. Ouf! You can imagine Macron’s fellow EU leaders smacking their foreheads in exasperation. That’s why BoJo was on the Berlin hotline at the weekend. Having already spoken with Macron, he needed the cooler head of Angela Merkel to rein in the French president’s rampaging ego. On Thursday, we will find out how that worked.

    This is not new territory. The argument surrounding access by European nations to UK fisheries has been poisonous since day one. As the UK’s chief negotiator, the late Sir Con O’Neill, said of the 1972 talks with the then-European common market, “The question of fisheries was economic peanuts, but political dynamite.” Nothing has changed since. The reality is that while accounting for a fraction of the economic activity in the UK, generating just 0.12% of GDP and providing employment for a mere 0.1% of our 33-million strong national workforce, the assumed importance of British fisheries is way out of proportion. You could understand if all the fuss was over something we actually wanted.

    But most of the fish eaten in the UK is imported. All that cod in our chip shops? We import 83%. Haddock? 58%. We only catch 5% of the cod and 7% of the haddock that we mostly coat in batter, deep fry and wrap in paper on a Friday night.

    But if herring is your dish – which it is in Norway and the Netherlands – then UK fishermen will sort you out, exporting 93% of what they net, along with most of the mackerel and sole they land as well. Overall, the UK exports 80% of the fish it catches and imports 70% of all that it eats.

    And then you have the twisted reality that we’re not even the biggest fishermen in our own waters. In the five years to 2015, a Scottish study found that more than half of the fish and shellfish landed from the UK’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone by EU boats was caught by non-UK boats. Yet somehow, the British fisherman is mythologised as a model of independent self-sustainability, providing work and food for strongly self-reliant local communities while competing against foreign super-trawlers that threaten their livelihoods under the protection of the malevolent European Union. But mess with the myth and you are denying the existence of a particularly British romance with the seas. President Macron is au fait with that. It’s why he has pushed the fisheries button to make his presence known.

    Boris recognises that special relationship too. It’s why he waved a smoked kipper around on stage at a Tory conference, having just assumed the premiership from Theresa May. It showed his attachment not just to that breakfast favourite, but to the fisherman myth, of brave souls in their sou’westers hauling in nets laden with British fish as waves crash on a freezing deck and horizontal rain stings their faces, risking their very lives as they fight to eke out a living from the unforgiving seas. It is great PR imagery and when you start adding other emotive issues like sovereignty, ownership of territorial waters, declining employment in British coastal towns and an imbalanced common fisheries policy implemented by an overbearing Brussels, you can see how the heat around the issue intensifies, despite the economic truths.

    And that is a huge advantage for Boris in this Brexit endgame. Mess with the fishing myth and there’s no telling where the UK may go, a stand of which most of the EU member states are aware. Macron may be fishing for a better overall EU outcome here, but his ego and desire to make an impact have led him to make a novice’s choice of bait and tackle for an end to this epic struggle. For any chance of landing a better fisheries deal than what Britain is prepared to give up, then it’s not just worms and hooks required, but as Captain Quint would no doubt suggest, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

    What in cod’s name is Macron up to picking a fight on fishing with Britain as Brexit deal closes in?
    13 X 2020.

    EU MUST behave as it does with the UK Brexit to deter other countries from leaving: - Italy, Holland, France, Denmark and Greece could well be next. It’s all orchestrated. It can’t appear easy or others will follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jagdmesser View Post
    EU MUST behave as it does with the UK Brexit to deter other countries from leaving: - Italy, Holland, France, Denmark and Greece could well be next. It’s all orchestrated. It can’t appear easy or others will follow.
    A tale of EU Frogs and fish...
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    A tale of EU Frogs and fish...
    Let the Frogs eat snails. It's not like Les Rosbifs are trying to place a stranglehold on Continental agriculture, but it's difficult being an Insular nation with everyone trying to take fishing grounds.

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    So, the EU is courting these modern Jacobites in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Which will be lost from the UK as the price for Brexit? No. 10 Downing St should repudiate all these talks if either happens and an actual hot war on Brussels ought to commence also.
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    Bombshell Announcement as UK Declares EU Talks Have Failed. Boris Walks Away!

    The European Union has shown no intention of accepting entering into a “Canada-style” deal with the United Kingdom in the post-Brexit era and talks have therefore failed, Boris Johnson said on Friday on the second day of a crunch EU summit.

    The United Kingdom will now be putting its energy into preparing the country for a full no-deal Brexit on January 31st, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday lunchtime, after two days of high-level talks with European leaders appeared to have failed in producing progress. The talks had stalled for months over very fundamental differences over what both sides wanted out of the future relationship. While Britain wanted a deal with Europe the same as the one the bloc had already struck with Canada — a former British dominion with similar cultural, political, and legal traditions — which would allow easy trade without the EU exerting political control over the nations’ capital, Brussels had different ideas.

    Insisting a Canada-style deal was not possible because the UK was in closer geographical proximity to the European Union, Brussels negotiators instead wanted to retain key controls over Britain, including the right to impose EU laws on Britain and to make decisions over British territorial waters. Noting despite months of talks nothing consequential had changed in that situation as of today, Mr Johnson said the EU insisting it keep those controls were “completely unacceptable to an independent country”. He said in televised remarks that because only ten weeks remained until the transition period expired on January 1st it was now time to make preparations. Mr Johnson told Britons: “I have to make a judgement about a likely outcome and to get us all ready. And given they have refused to negotiate seriously for much of the last few months, and given this summit appears to explicitly rule-out a Canada style deal, I have concluded we should get ready for January 1st with arrangements which are more like Australia’s, based on simply principals of global free trade. “And we can do it, because we always knew there would be change on January 1st whatever type of relationship we had, so now is the time for our businesses to get ready.”

    The announcement came just hours after France’s Emmanuel Macron made more demands of Britain to surrender its fishing waters in return for a deal, an outcome Brexiteer Nigel Farage has long called unacceptable, noting that Britain regaining control of her territorial waters is an “acid test” for Brexit. Whether talks are now actually over or not is less than clear, however. The British have threatened to walk away from the negotiating table several times, and the UK government
    ramping upno-deal preparations when talks stall has been used as a negotiating tactic. Either detecting that this is nothing more than a move to panic Europe, or moving to set themselves up as the slighted party, the EU moved quickly after Johnson’s announcement to insist that talks would continue next week.

    Read the prime minister’s remarks:

    …from the outset, we were totally clear that we wanted nothing more complicated than a Canada-style relationship based on friendship and free trade. To judge by the latest EU summit in Brussels, that won’t work for our EU partners. They want the continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a way which is completely unacceptable to an independent country.

    And since we only have ten weeks until the end of the transition period on January 1st, I have to make a judgement about a likely outcome and to get us all ready. And given they have refused to negotiate seriously for much of the last few months, and given this summit appears to explicitly rule-out a Canada style deal, I have concluded we should get ready for January 1st with arrangements which are more like Australia’s, based on simply principals of global free trade.

    And we can do it, because we always knew there would be change on January 1st whatever type of relationship we had, so now is the time for our businesses to get ready and our hauliers to get ready, our travellers to get ready.

    And of course, we are willing to discuss the practicalities with our friends where a lot of progress has already been made, by the way, on issues such as social security, aviation, nuclear cooperation and so on.

    But for whatever reason, it is clear from the summit that after 45 years of membership they are not willing, unless there is some fundamental change of approach, to offer this country the same terms as Canada. And so with high hearts and with complete confidence, we will prepare to embrace the alternative, and we will prosper mightily as an independent free-trading nation, controlling our own borders, our fisheries, and setting our own laws.

    And in the meantime, the government will, of course, be focussing on tackling covid and building back better, so 2021 is a year of recovery and renewal.

    Well done, something positive from this fat Bozo. However, the talks are continuing albeit at a lower volume. There is a meeting Nov 16th in the Empire's Capital (Germany) of various Heads (Dictators) of States (Provinces).
    They may cook up a 'skinny' Brexit to save face, so cannot celebrate a WTO victory just yet.
    "But for whatever reason, it is clear fro the summit that after 45 years of membership they are not willing, unless there is some fundamental change of approach, to offer this country the same terms as Canada"
    It is called Empire Boris. Empire. A key province has left. There never was a deal to be had.

    UN Control replaces EU Control Alert !
    The billionaire globalists will still control the UK through the UN which is why Boros is about to wreck the nation with reverse meaning ''Build Back Better'' and ''Net Zero'' which involves building thousands of wind turbines and disconnecting the UK's gas supply.
    So whatever happens with the EU, it will still be bye bye UK thanks to Boros Johnson !
    How come Alex Soros can walk in anytime to see the Secretary General of the United Nations ?
    Probably because Antonio Guterres is on the billionaires' payroll !

    Regrettably, the €39 billion will have been paid a long time ago. That's a part of the reason why the government is looking for the workers to pay more taxes, to fund the costs of coronavirus ..... and the MP's pay rise.

    Boris Walks Away! Bombshell Announcement as UK Declares EU Talks Have Failed

    16 X 2020.

  8. #657

    Barnier Claims UK and EU Have ‘Huge Common Responsibility’ to Stop Full Brexit

    Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has claimed that it is the UK’s and the EU’s “common responsibility” to agree on a deal and stop a clean-break, no-deal Brexit.

    Just last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had declared that negotiations with the EU had failed over the bloc’s intransigence on issues like anti-competition rules and fishing, and that the UK should prepare for a no deal. However, Mr Johnson did not officially withdraw from trade talks, instead his proxies
    stating in the following days that negotiations could restart if Europe were willing to compromise. EU insiders interpreted the prime minister’s threat of no deal as mere bluster, with one saying that “if the UK would really not care about having a new deal, it would have left the table long ago”.

    Talks recommenced in London on Thursday, with Mr Barnier telling Reuters: “I think it’s very important to be back at the table.” “I think we have a huge common responsibility,” Mr Barnier said, implying that there would be grave consequences for both parties if the UK left the EU without a deal.

    The UK officially left the European Union on January 31st, 2020, but remains in a transition period tied to the EU’s rules until December 31st, 2020. If a free trade agreement is not made, the UK will leave the bloc’s institutions and trade with the EU-27 on World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. The UK is already working on multiple trade deals with the United States, Australia, and others, signing an FTA with Japan on Friday, a trade continuation agreement with Norway this week, and earlier this month signing a partnership agreement including free trade with the Ukraine.

    Mr Barnier’s remarks echo the Remain campaign’s Project Fear before the 2016 vote on European Union membership, with disproven claims that voting to leave the bloc would result in immediate job losses, recession, and lead to a “punishment” budget. Likewise, an ominous threat hangs in the balance if the UK and the EU decide to part ways without a deal.

    Brexiteers like Nigel Farage have warned, however, that signing a trade deal with the bloc based on the Withdrawal Agreement would come back to “haunt” the UK, as it could continue to tie the UK into the EU’s rules.

    A Downing Street spokesman said on Thursday that there were still “significant gaps” between the two parties on fishing and the so-called “level playing field”, and that it was “entirely possible that negotiations will not succeed”. Talks will continue next week.

    However, Mr Farage is also more confident than not that a deal will be agreed, predicting that France will agree to “give a little on fishing”, but the UK forced will be to “promise to keep broadly but not directly aligned to EU state aid rules”. Farage said that such a deal “will not fully satisfy many Brexiteers”.

    We have never needed, wanted or asked for advice and meddling from continental Europe.

    The whole framework of negotiations is irrational. On one hand we require full sovereignty including no Level Playing Field, no Common Fisheries, no Free Movement, no Regulatory Alignment and no role or jurisdiction by the ECJ.
    All of which is exactly in keeping with Clause 38 of the EU Withdrawal Act passed by parliament in 2020 that explicitly requires UK parliamentary sovereignty notwithstanding the provisions of the 2018 Withdrawal Agreement.
    And therein lies the problem, as the execrable Withdrawal Agreement is riddled with a hundred clauses and paragraphs that specifically bind the UK to EU rules and jurisdiction.
    These two things cannot coexist. Any agreement that restores UK sovereignty will supersede 90% of the WA. And any No Deal exit renders it moot.
    Either way the WA must go. If for no other reason, so Barnier will stop referring to its irrelevant content.
    Why waffle around, Boris? Have the Commons revoke it now and be done with it.

    doris the fat j£w turk cares not....its all about the money. Sell out is on the way.

    Barnier Claims UK and EU Have ‘Huge Common Responsibility’ to Stop Full Brexit

    23 X 2020.

    UK does not need, still less want, a trade deal with the EU. WTO will be perfect for the UK and we will trade with the EU just as we do with the rest of the world.

    The EU have nothing to give us that we can’t get better and quicker elsewhere. The point of EU was post war control to centralise power so a handful of elites could manage their "human livestock" which for management they want to be tempered with a flood of africoons and muzzies.

    If the UK leaves without a Deal the EU know others countries will soon follow. That's why the EU is stalling.
    The EU is an empire. That's what Ukraine and Belarus were about.

  9. #658

    Brexit Britain a ‘beacon of hope’ after Finnish MEP’s stunning European Parliament speech

    A FINNISH MEP has been hailed by a Brexiteer after making a stunning speech in the European Parliament.

    Finnish MEP Laura Huhtasaari insisted she wants all EU member states to “do Brexit” in a rousing speech. Unlocked presenter and ex-Brexit Party MEP Belinda de Lucy retweeted a clip of the speech in the European Parliament, declaring that Brexit is a “beacon of hope” for “democracy-loving Europeans everywhere”.

    Ms de Lucy said: “For many Europeans, Brexit is a beacon of hope. An example of democracy surviving the EU. “Boris must stand up to the power-grabbing EU not just for the Brits but for democracy-loving Europeans everywhere.” In her speech, Ms Huhtasaari urged Boris Johnson to use the opportunity of Brexit to take back Britain’s sovereignty.

    “As EPP president Manfred Weber has put it, if Brexit felt like a success it would be the beginning of the end of the EU. “So that reveals that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, it means that the EU has not even tried to be fair. “I have a message for Boris Johnson. “Defend your fishing waters... you have now an opportunity to take your sovereignty back - use it.”

    Ms Huhtasaari’s speech prompted praise from many Twitter users. One wrote: “Wow Laura, what a great speech, thank you from England.”Another commented: “Well said that woman. Someone with common sense in the EU's parliament.” A third added: “Well said Laura, go Finland.” One more said: “Laura Huhtasaari is right, and a great ambassador for the Brexit cause, sincerely hope that Boris Johnson is listening, and takes note.”

    Ms Huhtasaari’s powerful speech comes as trade talks between the UK and the EU resumed in London today. But with the Brexit transition period set to end on December 31, time is short to reach an agreement. Both sides had previously insisted a deal was needed by the EU summit earlier this month if it was to be in place by the end of the year. The Prime Minister last week warned Britain would leave with no deal unless there was a major change in approach from Brussels.

    Brexit news: Britain a ‘beacon of hopeafter Finnish MEP ...

    25 X 2020.

  10. #659

    Germany: a model nation for anti-democrats

    John Kampfner’s Why the Germans Do It Better extols the worst aspect of modern Germany.

    John Kampfner’s bestselling Why the Germans Do It Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country is essentially a celebration of one of the worst features of postwar Germany. What he likes most about the Federal Republic is that democracy and individual rights are heavily circumscribed.

    The corollary of his argument, evident from the book’s subtitle is his view that the desire for popular sovereignty is infantile. That is what Kampfner means when he refers to Germany as a ‘grown-up country’ in contrast to Britain and other countries. In that sense it is not a stretch to read the book as an attack on
    Brexit as much as an examination of Germany.

    Kampfner, who worked as a senior journalist for the Financial Times and the BBC as well as editing the New Statesman, does not pose these arguments quite so explicitly. But they should be clear to anyone who takes the trouble to read the book carefully.

    His starting point is that Germany ‘stands as a bulwark for decency and stability’. This is in contrast to what he sees as ‘an out-of-control American president, a powerful China and a vengeful Russia’. Meanwhile, Britain is portrayed as a country that cannot escape from memories of its former imperial grandeur. ‘We have never got over winning the war. We flock to see films such as Dunkirk and Darkest Hour; we continue to set our cultural and historical parameters around events that took place 75 years ago.’ To be fair to Kampfner, he does not present a flawless Germany in counter position to his negative view of Britain. On the contrary, he points to several German failures including the massive overruns and expenses involved in building Berlin’s new airport. The experience is a long way from cliches about German efficiency.

    What he really likes about Germany, in contrast, is its Basic Law(the Grundgesetz). The original version was first approved in 1949 in the shadow of the Second World War. It was originally regarded as temporary but, despite many amendments since, it has come to enjoy its status as Germany’s constitution. In Kampfner’s view, ‘it is one of the greatest constitutional achievements of any country anywhere in the world’.

    Kampfner is particularly fond of the central role the constitutional court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) plays within the constitution. As he correctly observes, under the Basic Law ‘any and all areas of dispute would be arbitrated by the constitutional court’. It has enormous powers, including the ability to declare statutes void. In other words, central to the German constitution is the ability of unelected judges to, in effect, override democratically elected politicians. This is in keeping with a system sometimes referred to as constrained’ or ‘insulated’ democracy. In German the terms most often used are streitbare Demokratie (militant democracy) or wehrhafte Demokratie, (defensive democracy). Formal democratic institutions, such as parliaments, exist. But their ability to influence the political process is severely limited. It is a form of democracy with a hollow core where the ‘demos’ – or people – should be.

    Article 20 of the Basic Law does pay lip service to popular sovereignty but this is quickly qualified. So, on the one hand, ‘all state liberty is derived from the people’. But soon afterwards it goes on to say that ‘the legislature shall be bound by the constitutional order’.

    Similarly, the Basic Law grants numerous basic liberties before quickly adding caveats to render them almost meaningless. For example, article five says that ‘every person shall have the right freely to express and disseminate his opinions in speech, writing, and pictures’. But then it goes on to say that ‘these rights shall find their limits in the provisions of general laws, in provisions for the protection of young persons, and in the right to personal honour’.

    Article eight grants freedom of assembly but then more-or-less takes it away again. So it first states that ‘all Germans shall have the right to assemble peacefully and unarmed without prior notification or permission’. But immediately afterwards it states that ‘in the case of outdoor assemblies, this right may be restricted by or pursuant to a law’.

    No doubt Kampfner, who spent several years covering Germany as a journalist, is aware of such strictures. But he admires the Basic Law because of rather than in spite of them. In contrast, in a clear nod to Brexit, he points to Britain, where the right of judges to interfere in politics is more open to criticism. He notes that German constitutional judges ‘are not pressurised or denounced as “enemies of the people”, as their equivalents have been in the UK’.

    He also no doubt knows, although he does not spell it out in his book, that the EU’s institutions are to a large extent modelled on those of Germany. The European Court of Justice, for instance, is akin to Germany’s constitutional court.

    Why the Germans Do it Better does provide a useful, if one-sided, primer on postwar Germany. It covers many important areas, including the debate about German history, multiculturalism, foreign policy, the economy and the climate debate. The book is well written, as would be expected of such a seasoned journalist, and is based on extensive travel around Germany. It certainly helps that Kampfner is fluent in German after falling in love with the language when he was 15.

    It is just unfortunate that he feels the need to keep making negative comparisons with Britain. In particular he seems to assume that the Brexit vote was informed by anti-German sentiment and a romanticised attachment to the Second World War. Implicitly, there is also a strong suggestion that racism was an important motivation.

    At times Kampfner appears better informed about Germany than he is about Britain. For example, he seems to assume that the famous ‘don’t mention the war’ episode of the BBC comedy Fawlty Towers, first broadcast in 1975, reflected a negative attitude towards ‘Krauts’ (he uses the term). However, it was, on the contrary, meant to lampoon the absurdities of anti-German sentiment.

    It is a pity that Kampfner has put so little effort into understanding what motivated Brexit. He just seems to assume its supporters are immature, immersed in nostalgia for the empire, or both. In contrast to the immense effort he has clearly put into understanding Germany, he does not seem to see this subject as worthy of investigation. If he did, he would find that most Brexit voters were driven by a desire to control their own country. They baulked at a political system that seemed unresponsive to their needs or desires.

    Kampfner is of course entitled to support the European Union. But it is shocking that he does not appear to have made any serious attempt to understand what motivates its opponents.

    There is no doubt a huge amount that people in Britain can learn from Germany and from other countries, too. But the aspiration in relation to democracy should be to extend it further rather than to keep it in check.

    Germany: a model nation for anti-democrats 30 X 2020.

    No deal with the corrupt EUssr empire is a good deal. Soon other European countries will follow the UK's example.

  11. #660

    Barnier ‘worried and disappointed’ by UK Brexit stance

    The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is “worried and disappointed” by the UK’s lack of engagement on key sticking points standing in the way of a future trade deal as time is running out for negotiations.

    Addressing the Institutional of International Affairs and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin by video link from
    Brussels, Mr Barnier said the UK continues to refuse to engage on the contentious issues of state aid, fisheries policies, and ways of resolving potential future disputes, which the EU has insisted must be settled up-front.

    His comments came after meeting UK counterpart, David Frost, in London on Tuesday, after which both sides continued to blame the other for the current stalemate, more than five months after talks started.

    The UK has refused an extension of the current transition period, which is due to end on December 31st. Still, Mr Barnier said that he hoped to be able to report “tangible” progress after an eighth round of formal negotiations takes place next week. “We have no more time to lose. We must have a final agreement by the end of October, if we are to have a new partnership in place by the 1st of January 2021,” Mr Barnier said, adding the “Brexit clock is ticking” even as governments and businesses focus on the Covid-19 crisis.

    Mr Barnier warned there will be a “huge difference” between the outcomes of a deal and a no-deal, which would trigger import controls, tariffs and quotas. “That’s the reason why we are working for a deal,” he said. “I still hope, even if it is very difficult because of the British positions, that a deal is possible.”

    Credible guarantees

    Mr Barnier highlighted that the UK has consistently refused to engage on credible guarantees for open and fair competition following the transition period, most importantly in the area of state aid, which could be used to give British businesses an unfair advantage.

    “In the area of energy, the UK is asking to facilitate electricity trading without committing its producers to equivalent carbon pricing and state aid controls,” he said.
    In addition, British proposals on road transport would allow its truck drivers to drive on EU roads without having to comply with the same working conditions as those in the union, Mr Barnier said. “The UK’s proposals on air transport would allow British airlines to operate inside the EU without having to respect the same labour and environmental standards,” he added.
    Mr Barnier also refuted UK reports that Boris Johnson’s government had moved to compromise on fisheries.
    “No new legal texts have been tabled by UK negotiators,” he said. “Where the EU has shown openness to possible solutions, the UK has shunned our offers. The UK government’s position would lock Ireland’s fishermen and women from waters they fished in long before Ireland and the UK joined the European Economic Community in 1973.”

    Missing Phil Hogan

    The Frenchman also used the occasion to say that he will “miss” Phil Hogan, who resigned as EU trade commissioner last week following controversy over his apparent breach of Covid-19 guidelines in Ireland last month. Mr Barnier said he could “always count” on Mr Hogan “to relay any Irish concerns to me very directly over the last four years”.

    Irish Times: Barnier ‘worried and disappointed’ by UK Brexit stance

    31 X 2020.

    Restrictive conditions resulting from a 'No Deal Brexit' will be mutual. It's just more fear mongering.

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