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Battle lines drawn ahead of UK-EU trade talks

Battle lines drawn ahead of UK-EU trade talks”

More political clout for member States in adhesion talks for new EU members - in particular Balkan countries - with the possibility of carrying out more effective measures to sanction potential steps backwards by candidates on fundamental reforms, including the suspension of negotiations, are among key points of a reform of the enlargement process presented by EU Commissioner Oliver Varhely.

The following month France, which says it supports accession for the Balkans nations in the long term, submitted a proposal for changes.

The Sunday Telegraph criticised the bloc for "reneging on the deal" in their "Brexit souvenir edition", arguing that the Europeans have to learn to respect Britain's new-found sovereignty.

The prime minister will use a speech in London later to call for a Canada-style free trade agreement - and threaten to walk away if one can not be struck.

"The UK will maintain the highest standards in these areas - better, in many respects, than those of the European Union - without the compulsion of a treaty and it is vital to stress this now", the speech will further say, it has been revealed.

Critics hit out at Mr Johnson's suggestion of a deal with the European Union "like Australia's" with acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey calling it "no deal in all but name".

"If the request is to have broad access to a market of 450 million European consumers, zero tariffs, zero quotas". In contrast to the EU's politicised linking of fish with financial services, the government states that the EU's decision to grant equivalence should be "technical and confirmatory", reflecting the reality that the United Kingdom will be operating under the same regulations.

The EU has also said future co-operation in security must rest on the UK's continued membership of the European convention on human rights, the 1950 treaty that set up the European court of human rights, whose members span Albania to Ukraine.

However, the EU's position is that it will not be included in the negotiations, and any separate agreements on Gibraltar - over which Spain has territorial claims - would require approval from Madrid. Varhelyi said, however, that the two countries could make use of the new measures if they choose to do so.

The two sides also agree that these discussions can only take place once the European Union has agreed its next seven-year budget (2021-27) - a politically fraught task that shows no sign of imminent resolution among the EU's 27 member states.

"I see no need to bind ourselves to an agreement with the EU", Johnson said.

"In fact, we will become more prosperous".

"This extra payment should be contingent on us getting a trade deal". But most EU-Australia trade runs along basic WTO rules, so this would effectively be a no deal.



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