Good signs. The British Government backs down on something fundamental for the 27, and undertakes to withdraw the clauses of the Internal Market law that is being processed in the British Parliament that rewrote the Brexit withdrawal agreement, signed by Boris Johnson himself, in what Relating to the Irish Protocol.
This has been confirmed by the members of the joint EU-United Kingdom monitoring committee for the withdrawal agreement, by which the United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January.
In a few decisive hours for the achievement of an agreement that regulates future commercial relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union as of January 1, 2021; in a final phase of negotiations blocked by the fight for fishing, equal opportunities (level playing field) and the governance mechanism of the agreement itself; In a few days in which Boris Johnson has announced a trip to Brussels to meet with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to revive agonizing negotiations, the signs of agreement between Brussels and London convey a certain optimism.
The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Tuesday: “I have informed all the Member States in the General Affairs Council [preparativo de la cumbre de líderes de la UE de este 10 y 11] from today [por este martes]. There is total unity. We will never sacrifice our future for the present. Access to our market comes with conditions. ”
Indeed, despite London’s gesture, the situation is still very delicate. The British prime minister has warned on Tuesday that the negotiations to reach an agreement are being “very, very complicated”, although he relied on his “powers” of persuasion to close a trade agreement with the European Union (EU).
The conservative leader made these statements before traveling to Brussels in the next few days to speak face to face with President Von der Leyen, in an attempt to break out of the stalemate in which the talks are stuck, bogged down by the lack of progress on various matters.
London and Brussels agree that there are still significant differences on three issues, such as guarantees to ensure fair competition between British and Community companies, fisheries and the mechanisms to resolve disputes over the future agreement.
“Our friends have to understand that the UK has left the EU in order to exercise democratic control over the way we do things,” Johnson told the media: “There are limits beyond which no sensible and independent government, or a country, it can come and people have to understand it. ”