We read “This week began with claims a Brexit deal would be concluded by Monday, but as expected, the supposed deadline for getting a Deal came and went just like all those before. If anything, things have gone backwards! Macron wants our fish for another ten years!
“The United Kingdom’s Chief Brexit Negotiator, Lord Frost, has claimed the European Union has recently introduced several last-minute proposals on both fishing and State Aid which had already been ruled out early in negotiations. Included in these were demands for the EU’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund to be exempt from any ‘Level Playing Field’ restrictions, but they are now also insisting the UK’s own COVID-19 recovery package should be fully regulated and restricted by the European Court of Justice. NO Chance! A British warship would deliver justice far better!
“This is the kind of one-sided unreasonable logic still being proposed when there is less than three weeks until the end of the Transition Period. It baffles the mind.
“Following the failure to get any significant progress this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson flew to Brussels on Wednesday night for a meeting and dinner with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. Clearly there was not much agreement and both Lord Frost and the EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier were instructed to continue talking, with the two leaders agreeing to set another deadline for a decision on trade talks to be taken this Sunday December 13th. This will be a significant day, with the 13th also marking precisely one year on from Boris Johnson officially winning his electoral landslide.
“Frankly, we are not expecting much on Sunday. No doubt on Sunday we will see the Prime Minister once again chicken out of walking away on World Trade Organization terms and dance to the EU’s tune by extending talks deep into the rest of December, or beyond, who knows? This will do nothing to help businesses in this country prepare for changes after December 31st 2020. However, fingers crossed the Prime Minister proves me wrong and holds his nerve!
“As part of a compromise, Michael Gove has agreed Northern Ireland (NI) will now remain in the Single Market. NI will have to follow EU regulations and be subject to the rulings of the European Court of Justice. In what way is this a reasonable solution when it separates off part of our United Kingdom, effectively keeping NI and any businesses which exports to NI, still shackled to the EU?!
Still baffled? We will be until we see this