MEPs called on Britain to be tied to swathes of EU rules and regulations as the price for any future relationship pact. The mind boggling demands would see the UK follow the bloc’s rules in a number of areas from chemicals regulations to climate change, food labelling, and state aid and competition. The so-called “level-playing field” demanded by Euro MPs should be built with a “view to dynamic alignment”, the EU Parliament resolution states.
This would see Boris Johnson forced to continue implementing any future EU regulations or legislation into British law in the future.
Under the Parliament’s plans, Britain’s access to the EU’s single market should be managed based on the Prime Minister’s willingness to align with Brussels.
If he refuses to keep the UK in lockstep with EU rules, the European Commission should “evaluate possible quotas and tariffs for the most sensitive sectors as well as the need for safeguard clauses to protect the integrity of the single market”.
And even if Mr Johnson agrees to sign up to Brussels overpowering rulebook, MEPs want to place restrictions on trade to show that any future trade deal will never be as good as EU membership.
“By its nature an free-trade agreement will never be equivalent to ‘frictionless trade’, their resolution reads.
The language agreed by a huge majority in the EU Parliament is far tougher than that featured in Michel Barnier’s original draft negotiating mandate, which was published earlier this month.
European capitals are currently working on a new “updated” version of the legal text that toughens a number of demands in the EU negotiator’s opening gambit.
Not to be outdone by the European Council and Commission, the Parliament wanted to flex its muscles and show MEPs can still influence the trade negotiations.
Writing for Express.co.uk, former Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe urged Mr Johnson to demand Brussels to drop its demands before the negotiations start next month.
Mr Lowe said: “The one thing Barnier, Merkel and co are terrified of is the United Kingdom pursuing a low-tax, low-regulation economy which would blow the EU central planners out of the water.
“This is where the friendly-sounding ‘level-playing field’ comes into play, being mentioned 14 times in the motion.
“It’s a ploy by Barnier to keep us tied to ineffective, costly EU laws and regulations and not allow us to diverge and forge our own path.”
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