Talks between the UK and EU over a post-Brexit trade agreement are “over”, Downing Street has said.
No 10 said there was “no point” in discussions continuing next week unless the EU was prepared to discuss the detailed legal text of a partnership.
These farcical negotiations have reached an impasse. The UK wants a “Canada-style” agreement. The EU wants the UK to pretend that it is not a sovereign nation and never left the EU. The EU insists that EU law remain sovereign on matters relating to UK/EU affairs, that it retains full access to our fisheries as per the current arrangements, and that the UK follow EU state aid rules. I know, what are they smoking in Brussels?
Alas, Boris has not formally ended negotiations. He still wants a deal and Michel Barnier is due in London next week. It’s just that both sides refuse to budge from where they are. In my opinion the UK has done more than enough budging already. I was always of the view that any deal acceptable to the EU is bound to be unacceptable to anyone sane anyway. That’s more than clear.
I think there will be a deal. Both sides will compromise a bit, then a bit more, then a bit more then each side will claim victory. It’s insane. We should unplug the phones tonight and allow the EU access to the Great British Market on WTO terms. That’s what we should do, but the first rule of Politics is Never Trust the Tories for good reason.