The European Commission’s Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier has demanded that the United Kingdom signs up to an arrangement where they ‘maintain EU standards’ in any post-Brexit trade deal.
He has told an environmental conference that in three key areas, the environment, tax affairs and food safety, the UK should not be able to significantly lower standards compared to the current situation where Britain is within the European Union.
It is a basic ploy to ensure that the EU retains influence in the UK long after Brexit, and it is clearly unacceptable, but we know full well that our Brexit negotiators seem to specialise in accepting the unacceptable!
According to a report in The Express:
MICHEL BARNIER declared Britain must sign a “non regression” clause to prevent “key pre-Brexit” standards from being lowered in any future UK-EU trade deal.
Speaking at an environmental conference, the European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator said the UK would not be allowed to lower standards on the environment, tax and food safety if a post-Brexit deal is to be achieved.
Mr Barnier insisted a “level playing field” must be achieved in not only environmental areas but also fiscal.
The Frenchman said: “In the future relationship, we should commit to no reduction to standards of environmental protection.
“The agreement of the future relationship, the UK should include a non regression clause.
“This can be inspired by Ceta or Japan, but will need to go further. It should prevent any reduction key pre-Brexit standards.”
Mr Barnier insisted a “strong level playing field” must be put in place to protect the “environment, social and consumer rights”.
He hinted fiscal policy will also have to obey the EU’s demands for a level playing field in any post-Brexit deal.
Why can’t they understand that one of the fundamental elements of leaving the European Union is no longer being chained to the legislation that encouraged so many people to vote Leave in the first place?