Brexit: Former MEP calls on EU to ‘get off their high horse’
Last month, Boris Johnson secured a Brexit trade deal with the European Union just days before the end of the transition period on December 31. But businesses have argued the disruption and costs triggered by the non-tariff barriers have exposed shortcomings.
And now, Catherine Barnard, a professor of EU and employment law at the University of Cambridge, warned rows are likely to erupt whether the UK Government are prepared for them.
Ms Barnard, a fellow of the UK in a Changing Europe think tank, said: “I think the first fights under the agreement will be with respect to the level playing field.
“These committees are crucial to iron out some of the many problems that are going to arise under this agreement.”
Anton Spisak, a member of the British negotiating team, warned rows are likely to pass up the chain.
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Mr Spisak said: “Free trade agreements would normally delegate specialised issues to technical committees, but there was just no way of preventing sensitive issues being escalated to the Joint Partnership Council in this instance.
“The risk is that ultimately they become political issues.
“You probably need a centralised government function with links to the EU.”
Despite Brexit experts warning of incoming fights, EU leaders have been told to drop all “delusions of grandeur” if Brussels wants a strong post-Brexit relationship with Britain.
Former Brexit Party MEP Andrew Kerr insisted the bloc must ditch any preconceived notions they may hold and work with the UK to build closer trading ties between the two markets.
Mr Kerr told RT: “I think they got delusions of grandeur.
“They would be far better of working with one of their biggest exporters, to our market.”
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Touching upon the EU border customs chaos impacting British companies over the past few weeks, he said Brussels would be better served to try “to make things go through smoothly.”
EU member states have claimed translations of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement could miss the deadline for ratification.
It is understood EU member states are also keen for the extra time so they can understand the so-called level playing field provisions in the treaty.
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