A no deal Brexit it is then:

The European parliament could veto any trade deal between the UK and the European Union that lacks “robust” safeguards to ensure fair competition and strong standards on the environment and workers’ rights, according to a leaked document.

A draft resolution, seen by the Guardian, which will be put to a vote on Friday, underlines the implicit threat to block the EU-UK trade deal. Urging the British government to “revise its negotiation position”, the text states that a level playing field is the “necessary condition for the European parliament to give its consent to a trade agreement with the UK”.

Given that the entire point is to be free of EU regulations on fair competition, workers’ rights and the environment. You know, to return to being a fully sovereign nation where the rules are made by us, for us, and not by some foreign parliament?

28 thoughts on “How cool”

  1. Let’s face it, we thought it would come down to a no-deal Brexit. Or a minute to midnight deal.

  2. The part about fair competition is surely an admission that EU countries are at a disadvantage in some way. Possibly excessive regulation and having to support a vast money wasting bureaucracy, something like that? I don’t think that they need to worry, I’m sure that our politicians can screw stuff up just as well on their own.

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    From the BBC. We have to stay on high alert as Remainers just won’t give up:

    “British firms do not have the resilience to cope with a no-deal Brexit after the battering of the coronavirus crisis, according to the outgoing boss of industry body the CBI.

    Carolyn Fairbairn said a CBI member had likened a no-deal to “setting the shed on fire” while the house was in flames.”

  4. The Meissen Bison

    It’s depressing how this nonsense rolls on and on. Boris Johnson’s charm could only ever disguise his lack of resolve for a given period and that period is over as his tumbling poll ratings show.

    A prime minister made of sterner stuff would inform Ursula v. d. Leyen when they meet that he is withdrawing the British negotiating team from persuing these sterile talks into the second half of the year.

    Leyens!

  5. Sadly the virus left Boris a vegetable.

    Let’s just hope Cummings really is the evil svengali his enemies claim.

  6. And the Tory party, now united on Brexit, won’t countenance any nonsense about level playing fields, historical fish and greenery yallery. So it’s a win – win.

  7. Carolyn Fairbairne, who has never had a proper job in her life, seemed an odd choice to lead the CBI. Her record shows that she was picked because of links to the deep state rather than any expertise. She is no more than a prime member of the Troughing Class. She can sniff out a grant from 1000 miles away

  8. ‘The European parliament could veto any trade deal between the UK and the European Union PERIOD’

    They don’t need a reason.

  9. Refusing to trade, with their economies fucked because of the virus, would be suicidal for the EU. This is the usual balls channelled through their agents in the UK, hoping to get terms in their favour. They will eventually agree to a deal.

  10. Alf Dubbswitzberg lives in the Lake District

    “strong standards on the environment and workers’ rights”

    The same old lies. Perhaps if you work for the council or NHS your ‘rights’ have improved since accession to the EC all that time ago, but for most of us, especially the self-employed in the building trade, there are literally no rights. Of course, the supposedly radical Labour Party under Corbyn etc. knows and cares fuck-all about this, even less than the hand-rubbers in the Torah Party; choosing instead to focus on zero hour contracts (every self-employed person is on zero hours!) and the phantom Polish plumbers.

  11. hold up wait a minute..

    “Michel Barnier, who last week hinted at a possible concession on state aid –”

    That’s what EU willing to concede on? oh mama,this could yet be a total balls up.

  12. “Who has never had a proper job in her life”

    That a requirement isn’t it?

    And I like to see some evidence that there actually is a “level playing field” within the EU.

  13. So Much For Subtlety

    I think the EU is so confident because someone is telling them Boris is going to fold. Or be removed.

    I have never been convinced of Boris as a conservative – a Tory yes, but by accident of birth rather than conviction.

    But we can hope – hope against hope, hope as a triumph over experience – that Boris will find the testicular fortitude to do the right thing and tell Brussels to f*ck off.

  14. «You know, to return to being a fully sovereign nation where the rules are made by us, for us, and not by some foreign parliament?»

    But the EU Council and EU Parliament were not foreign: they are the national parliament of the EU of which the UK was a member and the UK voters had representatives in them elected in a fair and democratic way.
    The EU Council and Parliament were as foreign to the people of Suffolk or Pembrokeshire as the Westminster Commons and Lord are foreign to them.
    Shouldn’t then Suffolk or Pemborkeshire take back control from the overpaid, faceless, unaccountable ukcrats and become fully sovereign and independent nations where the rules are made by themselves, for themselves, and not by some foreign supranational parliament in London?

  15. Blissex

    Funny buggers huh, the Suffolks (I thought it was Norfolk?), Pembrokes and Blissecks. Concepts such as demos, as applying the United Kingdom, who knew it was so complicated.

  16. So Much For Subtlety

    Shouldn’t then Suffolk or Pemborkeshire take back control from the overpaid, faceless, unaccountable ukcrats and become fully sovereign and independent nations where the rules are made by themselves, for themselves, and not by some foreign supranational parliament in London?

    So you condemn not only Scottish nationalism but also Irish independence?

    After all, the British Crown and British Parliament were not foreign: they were the national parliament of the UKGB&I of which the Ireland was a member and the Irish voters had representatives in them elected in a fair and democratic way.
    The British Crown and Parliament were as foreign to the people of Connemara or Monaghan as the Dail are foreign to them.

  17. Shouldn’t then Suffolk or Pemborkeshire take back control from the overpaid, faceless, unaccountable ukcrats and become fully sovereign and independent nations where the rules are made by themselves, for themselves, and not by some foreign supranational parliament in London?

    Yes.

  18. But the EU Council and EU Parliament were not foreign: they are the national parliament of the EU of which the UK was a member and the UK voters had representatives in them elected in a fair and democratic way.

    The EU Parliament is an emasculated talking-shop, unable even to introduce legislation. It provides a convenient fig-leaf for the real power in the EU – the unelected and unelectable fonctionnaires of the Berlaymont with their grands projets for ever closer union and other undesired and undesirable aims. Which is precisely how it is intended to operate.

  19. «The EU Parliament is an emasculated talking-shop, unable even to introduce legislation.»

    The EU Parliament is the equivalent of the UK House of Lords, and it has similar powers of revision and veto; in the EU it is the EU Council that has full legislative powers (and executive ones — it is equivalent both to the House of Commons and the Cabinet). This is because it is still mostly an intergovernmental organisation. But it is not too different from the UK where in practice only the Cabinet writes legislation and it almost always gets rubber stamped by its majority.

    «It provides a convenient fig-leaf for the real power in the EU – the unelected and unelectable fonctionnaires of the Berlaymont»

    The EU civil service has no votes and no political power, and does only what it is told to do by the EU Council and usually also respects the proposals of the EU Parliament. Only the civil service can *draft* EU bills (for very good technical reasons, but then almost all UK bills are also drafted by the unaccountable, faceless ukcrats of the civil service), but it does so only under the direction of the EU Council or the EU Parliament, that then vote on them (again, the EU civil service has no vote, its head, the president of the commission. has only the right to attend meetings, and not all of them).

  20. Is this a first for EU?

    EU wants to search compromises if UK too is open on finding agreement – EU’s Barnier
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Way-d7pik

    No, he lied. Then it’s “no compromise, accept our rules” The EU needs to make no demands if it really wants a deal with the UK

    Don’t Budge Boris. They are panicking

    Barnier reveals UK is asking much more than Canada, Japan or other EU partners
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nWEAjs2VkM

    UK ‘demands’ seem reasonable as bi-lateral and we are effectively still a member

    EU is floundering, UK must keep piling on pressure with no compromises and repeating “No Deal is OK for us”

    Sadly, I believe this is showboating and Bottler Boris will capitulate to EU and Remain MPs at eleventh hour

    Snigger
    Rees-Mogg asked to get rid of all signs of Roman occupation in the United Kingdom
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDq80oAFd8Q

  21. The biggest thing stopping Boris folding is the French. Because you know it’ll be “Stupid rosbeefs and their silly brexit. I fart in your general direction.” Nobody would tolerate that.

  22. @Blissex
    The EU Parliament is the equivalent of the UK House of Lords
    i.e. an emasculated talking-shop (but an extremely well paid one).

    The EU civil service has no votes and no political power, and does only what it is told to do by the EU Council
    Ever watched an episode of Yes Minister? If you really believe this crap, I’ve got a very nice bridge to sell you.

    “the European Commission, the only institution empowered to initiate legislation.”
    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/aboutparliament/en/20150201PVL00004/Legislative-powers
    Not exactly the UK civil service is it?

    I’d quit while you’re behind, if I were you.

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