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Frost erupts at EU’s low grade Brexit deal offer ‘NO democratic country would sign this!’

In a furious letter to Brussels, David Frost said the blocs offer to Britain falls well short of its relatio..

By admin , in England , at May 20, 2020

In a furious letter to Brussels, David Frost said the blocs offer to Britain falls well short of its relationships with other countries. He also slammed Michel Barnier for attempting to keep the country locked to the EUs “egregious” rulebook as part of the future relationship. Mr Frosts rant comes after the publication of 12 negotiating documents setting out Boris Johnsons vision for the future relationship between the UK and EU.

He wrote: “What is on offer is not a fair free trade relationship between close economic partners, but a relatively low-quality trade agreement coming with unprecedented EU oversight of our laws and institutions.

“We find it perplexing that the EU, instead of seeking to settle rapidly a high-quality set of agreements with a close economic partner, is instead insisting on additional, unbalanced, and unprecedented provisions in a range of areas, as a precondition for agreement between us.”

Mr Frost, the head of the Prime Ministers Taskforce Europe, insisted the EUs plans would “bind this country to EU law or standards”.

He said the blocs proposal for a regulatory level-playing field on state aid is just one “particularly egregious example”.

“You must see that this is simply not a provision any democratic country could sign, since it would mean that the British people could not decide our own rules to support our own industries in our own Parliament,” he added.

British negotiators published the plans amid fears that Mr Barnier is struggling to grab the attention of EU leaders.

They fear the Brussels bureaucrat will be unable to ask for tweaks to his mandate for the trade talks because governments are too busy with the coronavirus pandemic.

The papers include blueprints for future relationships in trade in goods, fisheries, aviation and energy cooperation.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said Brussels must accept the UK had quit “their club” and should no longer be expected to follow its rules.

He told the House of Commons that “big differences” remain between the two sides negotiating positions.

“The EU, essentially, wants us to obey the rules of their club, even though were no longer members,” he told MPs.

“They want the same access to our fishing grounds as they currently enjoy while restricting our access to their markets.

“It remains difficult to reach a mutually beneficial agreement while the EU maintains such an ideological approach.

“But we believe an agreement is possible if flexibility is shown.”

Mr Frost and Mr Barnier will resume talks, via internet video conference, on June 1.

The negotiating round is the final scheduled gathering before a high-level meeting between Mr Johnson and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The Prime Minister has hinted he will walk away unless significant progress is made.

A UK spokesman said: “We are publishing them as a constructive contribution to the negotiations so they are available to all and so that the Commission can share the text with the member states.”

But the spokesman added: “We are not seeking to negotiate directly with member states and never have.”

Mr Barnier said: “I welcome the UKs publication of draft legal texts today.

“Transparency is very important in negotiations. The European Commission published a comprehensive legal agreement over two months ago.

“In the next round, we must make tangible progress across all areas.”

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Frost erupts at EU’s low grade Brexit deal offer ‘NO democratic country would sign this!’

In a furious letter to Brussels, David Frost said the blocs offer to Britain falls well short of its relatio..

By admin , in England , at May 20, 2020

In a furious letter to Brussels, David Frost said the blocs offer to Britain falls well short of its relationships with other countries. He also slammed Michel Barnier for attempting to keep the country locked to the EUs “egregious” rulebook as part of the future relationship. Mr Frosts rant comes after the publication of 12 negotiating documents setting out Boris Johnsons vision for the future relationship between the UK and EU.

He wrote: “What is on offer is not a fair free trade relationship between close economic partners, but a relatively low-quality trade agreement coming with unprecedented EU oversight of our laws and institutions.

“We find it perplexing that the EU, instead of seeking to settle rapidly a high-quality set of agreements with a close economic partner, is instead insisting on additional, unbalanced, and unprecedented provisions in a range of areas, as a precondition for agreement between us.”

Mr Frost, the head of the Prime Ministers Taskforce Europe, insisted the EUs plans would “bind this country to EU law or standards”.

He said the blocs proposal for a regulatory level-playing field on state aid is just one “particularly egregious example”.

“You must see that this is simply not a provision any democratic country could sign, since it would mean that the British people could not decide our own rules to support our own industries in our own Parliament,” he added.

British negotiators published the plans amid fears that Mr Barnier is struggling to grab the attention of EU leaders.

They fear the Brussels bureaucrat will be unable to ask for tweaks to his mandate for the trade talks because governments are too busy with the coronavirus pandemic.

The papers include blueprints for future relationships in trade in goods, fisheries, aviation and energy cooperation.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said Brussels must accept the UK had quit “their club” and should no longer be expected to follow its rules.

He told the House of Commons that “big differences” remain between the two sides negotiating positions.

“The EU, essentially, wants us to obey the rules of their club, even though were no longer members,” he told MPs.

“They want the same access to our fishing grounds as they currently enjoy while restricting our access to their markets.

“It remains difficult to reach a mutually beneficial agreement while the EU maintains such an ideological approach.

“But we believe an agreement is possible if flexibility is shown.”

Mr Frost and Mr Barnier will resume talks, via internet video conference, on June 1.

The negotiating round is the final scheduled gathering before a high-level meeting between Mr Johnson and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The Prime Minister has hinted he will walk away unless significant progress is made.

A UK spokesman said: “We are publishing them as a constructive contribution to the negotiations so they are available to all and so that the Commission can share the text with the member states.”

But the spokesman added: “We are not seeking to negotiate directly with member states and never have.”

Mr Barnier said: “I welcome the UKs publication of draft legal texts today.

“Transparency is very important in negotiations. The European Commission published a comprehensive legal agreement over two months ago.

“In the next round, we must make tangible progress across all areas.”

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