Brexit: Boris Johnson has crumbled on the Level Playing Field says EU! (4k)
There's a story coming out of the EU that Boris Johnson has agreed to some type of alignment process with Brussels.
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Brexit: Boris Johnson has crumbled on the Level Playing Field says EU!
Can it be true, that Boris has decided to compromise on at least one of his red lines in the final sprint to the finishing line?
Well, the story has been circulating, and unlike the snappy answer to claims he'd caved in over fishing, Number Ten is strangely silent on this one.
And as a result, goes the narrative, the talks will now extend into this week and maybe beyond.
According to RTE's Tony Connelly, an EU source told him that the UK side has now accepted that the EU could take retaliatory action against the UK if it diverged from EU standards.
With the difference being that the EU wouldn't be able to take immediate autonomous lightning action. There would have to be dialogue first.
And in a Tweet he said:
"It's the operationalisation of that principle that is now under discussion," acc to source. The EU see this is progress as for a long time the UK refused to accept that if they diverged the EU had a right to do something, says the source. "That principle has now been accepted, but how it is implemented is the nub of the discussion."
Now that should make all Brexiteers sit up and take notice.
It sounds like both sides have moved, but it still ties the UK down to EU rules in one form or another.
How can Boris sell this one:
"We've taken back control of our laws, borders, money and fish.
"Except where the EU still controls our laws, border, money and fish."
Not exactly Brexit is it?
And on the governance of any deal, it seems that there is movement towards cross-sectorial retaliatory measures being allowed by either side.
But how much of this is just chatter or wishful thinking from EU negotiators I just don't know.
Tony Connelly also said that the UK is proposing to land far more fish caught in its Exclusive Economic Zone into UK ports, together with tighter regulations on fishing vessels crews.
And that's upset the Spanish and Netherlands.
Then the conversation turned to how can the EU ratify any treaty so late in the day, with the EU parliament having been promised by the EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen that they will not be by-passed.
But it turns out that the EU27 council can provisionally ratify it to get it over the line and operational before the first of January.
Now, all this sort of talk gets me thinking that the EU seems extremely eager to do a deal.
But Michel Barnier has now, today, come out with a new proposal to tie UK access to the single market to EU access to UK fishing grounds. And it sounds to me, like it would function to prevent the UK ever really having control over its EEZ. Because the idea appears to be that, as the UK gradually ramped up its own fishing activity in its own waters and excluded EU vessels over time, then the EU would apply tariffs on the UK to compensate.
This says the Times has not pleased Boris, who has baulked at the idea.
And may he long stay baulked at that idea.
Anyway, all the talk of pushing to ratify the deal on the EU side that I just mentioned, doesn't seem to be mirrored on the UK side.
Oh and there's a new Act of parliament that received Royal Assent today.
That's the Private International Law Act (2020), which allows the UK to implement its own Private International Law agreements.
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