(TheFreedomFlag.com)- While the world has been struggling the with Chinese coronavirus pandemic, the Brits have still been powering through negotiations with the European Union to finally sign off on a post-Brexit trade deal. Following Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union earlier this year, the country now needs to come to an agreement with the EU trading bloc on how to manage future trade matters.
Until the end of the year, the United Kingdom is in what is known as a “transition” period whereby the country continues to abide by EU rules, and has the same trading arrangement as before, while a new deal is hashed out.
However, the United Kingdom’s chief EU adviser wrote to his European counterpart Michel Barnier on Tuesday to say that trade negotiations must be done on fairer, more equal terms. David Frost also said that Barnier and his colleagues were trying to pressure the UK into accepting worse deal than what it has offered other countries.
The letter broke down the flaws of the deal in detail, suggesting that the EU was purposely giving the UK a bad deal. Brexit supporters have long argued that the EU would do this, and that a better option would be to leave the trading bloc without a deal to stop bureaucrats and leaders in Brussels from trying to make an example out of the UK for daring to vote to leave.
Frost said that the UK has been “clear” in its intention to seek a free trade deal, but that he found it “perplexing” how Brussels was treating his country as if it is an “unworthy” trading partner.
One example of this is how the European Union has suggested that in order to secure a free trade agreement between the UK and the EU, that the UK must abide by several EU rules. The most serious of which is the “level playing field” idea pushed heavily by Brussels during the Brexit negotiations process before the country left, which would stop the UK from being too competitive.
“Your text contains novel and unbalanced proposals which would bind this country to EU law or standards, and would prescribe the institutions which we would need to establish to deliver on these provisions,” Frost said.
“To take a particularly egregious example, your text would require the UK simply to accept EU state aid rules; would enable the EU, and only the EU, to put tariffs on trade with the UK if we breaches those rules; and would require us to accept an enforcement mechanism which gives a specific role to the European Court of Justice,” he continued. “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.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused to extend the deadline for agreeing a new deal, so if the European Union doesn’t change direction soon, it could find itself without a lucrative deal with the United Kingdom.