Flags of EU and Great Britain, over dts
Flags of EU and Great Britain, over dts

EU politicians complain that the post-Brexit negotiations are blocked

Leading MEPs have appealed to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to stop blocking negotiations on a trade agreement with the EU.

The EU has "made an offer to the UK that has never been seen before for a third country," said Brexit representative for the European Parliament, David McAllister (CDU), the "editorial network Germany". 50 percent of British exports would continue to go to the EU in the future.

"Of course, duty-free access to the largest single market in the world is an interesting proposition for the UK economy," said McAllister. But this access has a price. Britain will continue to have to adhere to certain EU standards, the CDU politician said: "In return, we demand a clear commitment to the applicable, fair competitive conditions on both sides of the English Channel." However, Johnson has so far categorically rejected this. He insists that Britain, as an independent country, will make sovereign decisions. Great Britain left the EU at the end of January, but remains part of the internal market and customs union until the end of a transition period at the end of the year. If a trade agreement fails to be reached by then, tariffs and other barriers to trade would be reintroduced. This could be particularly difficult for the British economy.

Discussions about the follow-up agreement have been going around for weeks. The British side has so far refused to accept clauses for fair competition. A fisheries agreement that both sides could agree to is also a long way off. A contract would have to be in place by October so that it could enter into force at the beginning of 2021.

The chairman of the European Parliament's trade committee accused Johnson of putting political ideology before the economy. "I think economic considerations don't matter at Johnson," said Bernd Lange (SPD) to the RND. Instead, the British prime minister repeatedly emphasized the independence of Great Britain, which allegedly came to new strength through the exit from the EU. The reality is different, however: So Johnson's idea of ​​reaching a free trade agreement with the US before the end of the year was shattered, said Lange: "The US has now made it clear that there will be no trade agreement before the November elections." With a sensible agreement between the EU and Great Britain, the economic consequences of leaving the EU could be mitigated.

For a long time, however, it was skeptical whether Johnson could be ready for it. “Boris Johnson's corona crisis management wasn't exactly outstanding. He denied the matter for a long time, ”said the MEP.

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