Brexit: UK warns it will not ‘subordinate’ its laws to EU

Both sides admit more progress is needed in talks

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Britain has criticised the European Union for the “limited progress” made in the latest rounds of talks on a future post-Brexit trade deal.

UK negotiators have warned their counterparts in Brussels that Britain will “not subordinate” its laws to those set by the trading bloc and called for more flexibility to strike a deal.

The EU’s negotiation mandate stated that the UK must sign up to some of its regulations to prevent it from being undercut on standards once the transition period ends in December.

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, last week accused the UK of refusing to commit “seriously” on numerous fundamental points.

The main areas of contention include the so-called level playing field, aspects on governance and continued access to British waters for European fishing boats.

A source close to the UK team said today that British negotiators “are never going to accept” the EU’s position on the level playing field and on continuing the Common Fisheries Policy.

Asked what it would take for the UK to accept a deal, the source told reporters: “What we are wanting now is an EU understanding that we are not going to subordinate our laws to them in any areas.

“If we can see they understand the importance of that, then I think we are going to be able to reach an agreement,” they continued.

“At the moment, I'm not sure they quite have, but then maybe it takes a little time for this to sink in.”

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