By Tony Winterburn •
Published: 05 Sep 2020 • 9:05
The EU is demanding a potential veto on Britain’s post-Brexit laws.
The EU’s chief negotiator is to insist the UK NOT change legislation that could distort trade with the bloc without first consulting Brussels- sparking outrage among Brexiteers. Chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is demanding that the UK government must agree not to implement any change to UK legislation that could distort trade with the bloc without first consulting EU ministers.
It’s not all ‘plain sailing’ for the EU however as Barnier’s UK counterpart, David Frost, has already rejected the approach. EU diplomats said earlier that Barnier went to London on Tuesday to tell Frost Britain must move on state aid, or there will not be a Brexit agreement. Barnier is said to have warned the Prime Minister’s Europe Adviser he will abandon talks if the UK’s aggressive demands continue.
The chances of Britain leaving the European Union without a trade deal have risen sharply as negotiations have been threatened by London’s insistence that it has full autonomy over its state aid plans. Trade talks began early in March this year but more than five months later, little progress has been made, with both negotiating teams blaming each other for the repeated stalemates and lamenting the negotiating teams’ positions on crucial ‘red lines’. Boris Johnson admitted earlier this month that a No-Deal Brexit is ‘Increasingly Likely’.
Latest update from the EU
European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier looks set to be sidelined by EU leaders in a bid to get a breakthrough in the negotiations regarding a trade treaty with the UK. Representatives of the bloc’s 27 member states now fully expect Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, to pave the way for heads of state and government to intervene in the deadlocked talks in a September 16 flagship speech.
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