The Brussels negotiator continued his demands for the European Court of Justice to be handed an unprecedented role in policing any future trade agreement. His warning comes amid efforts by EU capitals to harden the bloc’s negotiating stance ahead of formal talks with Britain next month. Speaking in Luxembourg, Mr Barnier suggested the Prime Minister was backtracking on previous negotiating commitments agreed in the Political Declaration on the future relationship.
“It is on this basis and only on this basis that we are ready to negotiate,” he said.
“In a time that is necessarily constrained, if we want to move forward, we must avoid taking two or three steps back at the outset.”
He added: “We must be clear: the Political Declaration, which was agreed word-for-word, line-for-line, with Boris Johnson last October, remains and will remain the foundation of all negotiations.”
This includes negotiating “strong guarantees to ensure fair competition and high common standards”, Mr Barnier demanded.
His team of deputies were today slapped with a list of further demands from European capitals to harden the bloc’s negotiating stance in a secret Brussels meeting.
EU diplomats have told them to include enhanced provisions to the so-called “level-playing field” in Mr Barnier’s draft negotiating guidelines.
The bloc’s remaining 27 member states want to ensure Britain remains tied to their environmental, taxation, taxation, state aid and competition rules.
An EU source told Express.co.uk: “It’s a way of pointing out that this is a relationship that will have to work out in the long run.
“We need a way to avoid tensions if either side feels the deal becomes unbalanced or unfair over time.”
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