UK warns EU on Brexit: We gained’t blink first

London/Brussels, September 6

Britain won’t blink first in Brexit commerce negotiations with the European Union and isn’t afraid of a no-deal exit on the finish of the 12 months, the nation’s high Brexit negotiator warned the bloc on Sunday.

Britain left the EU on January 31 however talks have thus far made little headway on agreeing a brand new commerce deal for when a status-quo transition association ends in December.

“We came in after a government and negotiating team that had blinked and had its bluff called at critical moments and the EU had learned not to take our word seriously,” negotiator David Frost informed the Mail on Sunday.

“So a lot of what we are trying to do this year is to get them to realise that we mean what we say and they should take our position seriously,” he was quoted as saying.

Talks are because of resume in London on Tuesday however they’ve stalled over Britain’s insistence that it have full autonomy over state support and its calls for over fishing.

Britain says the EU is dragging its toes in talks and has failed to completely settle for that it’s now an unbiased nation.

“We are not going to be a client state. We are not going to compromise on the fundamentals of having control over our own laws,” Frost informed the Mail. “We are not going to accept level playing field provisions that lock us in to the way the EU do things.”

“That’s what being an independent country is about, that’s what the British people voted for and that’s what will happen at the end of the year, come what may,” Frost stated.

At coronary heart, Britain is urgent one of many EU’s most delicate buttons – the worry {that a} post-Brexit Britain might develop into a way more agile, deregulated free-market competitor on its border through the use of selective state support.

“More and more people have come to the conclusion that Brexit ideology trumps Brexit pragmatism in the UK government,” stated one EU diplomat.

“If the UK really wanted to jump off the Brexit cliff edge for ideological reasons, there would be no way for the EU to stop this,” the diplomat stated. “If, on the other hand, the UK’s approach became more pragmatic and realistic, there would probably be a good chance to save the negotiations and agree on a deal.”

Frost stated loads of preparation had been accomplished for a attainable exit with out a commerce deal.

“I don’t think that we are scared of this at all,” Frost stated. “If we can reach an agreement that regulates trade like Canada’s, great. If we can’t, it will be an Australian-like trading agreement and we are fully ready for that.” Reuters

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