16/10/2020 13:21 – Updated: 10/16/2020 2:41 PM
Less than three months after the total disconnection of the United Kingdom from the European Union, British ‘premier’ Boris Johnson has once again tightened negotiations with the EU bloc, demanding a “fundamental change” in the European position so that there is a business agreement that limits the financial shock of divorce.
In a televised statement, Johnson said the UK is already preparing for a trade relationship with the EU “more to the Australian”, which means that a pact would not be closed and relations would be governed by the general rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
“Judging by the last (community) summit in Brussels […], they want the ability to control our legislative freedom on an ongoing basis, our fishing in a way that is completely unacceptable to an independent country. “With” just ten weeks away “from the end of the transition agreement, Johnson has warned that he must “judge on the possible outcome”, “and prepare [a Reino Unido] for disconnection “. The ‘premier’ also accused the EU of not having negotiated with “seriousness”, given that the summit seems to have ruled out an agreement like the one with Canada, has “concluded that we must prepare for January 1 under arrangements that resemble the Australian.”
BREAKING: Boris Johnson says the U.K. is now preparing for a relationship with the EU “more like Australia’s, based on simple principles of global free trade,” as the bloc has “refused to negotiate seriously” in Brexit talks
— Bloomberg Brexit (@Brexit) October 16, 2020
Already last month, the British leader put limit on October 15 to reach a commercial agreement, where London resists on key points such as the ‘level playing field’ to maintain the standards of fair competition, controls on goods at the Irish border or the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice or the question of fishing grounds.
Johnson’s statements, especially controversial When the agreement with the Union is still being negotiated and there have been signs of certain transfers, they are part of the choreography of that “crappy” British finale. “Crucially, Johnson has not abandoned the negotiations today. The talks are still continuing. We are not yet in the final political game in which we will see if there is really going to be a Brexit trade deal or not,” said Sebastian Payne, correspondent politician from the Financial Times.
🇪🇺-🇬🇧 talks: the EU continues to work for a deal, but not at any price.
As planned, our negotiation team will go to London next week to intensify these negotiations.
– Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) October 16, 2020
On the community side, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has insisted that everything continues as planned. “The EU continues to work for an agreement, but not at any price. As planned, our negotiating team will go to London next week to intensify those negotiations.”
The three splinters
The ‘tory’ leader wanted at least “a base” to be reached this week and then “the pending fringes” to be closed. The problem is that the pending fringes have been there for months and neither party is willing to make concessions.
The most contentious points have always been three. The first of them, the supervision of the future agreement, where London categorically refuses that the arbitrator is later the European Court of Justice.
The second, the so-called “level playing field”, which amounts to fair competition. Brussels does not want the UK to now become a new Singapore on the other side of the English Channel. Although it is true that the United Kingdom currently spends 0.4% of its GDP on state aid, compared to the average of 0.8% in the EU (in the case of France it is 0.8% and in Germany, 1.3%).
Third is the question of fishing. It is a sector that represents only the 0.12% of UK GDP, which is almost 60 times less than that of financial services. While the British Government has accepted that access to EU markets will be limited for British City finance companies after Brexit, fishing remains a battlefield. The great thorn, after all, that could end up choking on the negotiations ruining everything.
The truth is that, in the event that the agreement was not finally reached before December, nothing prevents both parties from resuming a dialogue in the future. Although, in the meantime, relations between the United Kingdom and the EU would be governed solely under the guidelines of the World Trade Organization, with the chaos of quotas and tariffs that this would imply from January.