Boris Johnson to ditch political declaration agreements as EU trade talks loom

Boris Johnson, European Union, Michel Barnier, Trade Deals

Boris Johnson set to ditch political declaration agreements as EU trade talks loom

Boris Johnson, European Union

2/27/2020

Boris Johnson set to ditch political declaration agreements as EU trade talks loom

Boris Johnson is preparing to tear up part of the Brexit deal as he sets out his "red lines" for a trade agreement with the European Union on Thursday.

Boris Johnson is preparing to tear up part of the Brexit deal as he sets out his "red lines" for a trade agreement with the European Union on Thursday. The Prime Minister has made it clear that he will not be bound by the political declaration attached to the EU Withdrawal Agreement, which sets out the ground rules for a trade deal. Downing Street sources said the rules of engagement agreed by Mr Johnson last year had been superseded by promises made in the Tory manifesto on which he was elected in December. The Prime Minister believes he is within his rights to go back on previous agreements covering areas including borders, fishing rights and state aid. That puts him on a collision course with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, who has said the political declaration must be followed to the letter. The declaration – originally requested by Theresa May – is a statement of intent from both sides setting out their broad aims for a trade deal. Mr Johnson signed up to it when Parliament passed the Withdrawal Agreement in January. However, Number 10 pointed out that Brussels had quietly dropped some of the commitments it made in the political declaration when it published its own negotiating mandate earlier this week, proving that it is not a binding agreement. Mr Johnson's official spokesman said: "The Withdrawal Agreement is an international treaty – the political declaration is not of that status." Among the previous agreements Mr Johnson will ditch when he publishes the UK's negotiating mandate are an acceptance of a "level playing field" designed to yoke Britain to EU standards and regulations, an agreement to negotiate over fishing rights and rules governing state aid. A senior Conservative source said: "The Prime Minister's mandate was derived from the manifesto, which was published after the agreement of the political declaration and is very clear about the Government's intention, which is to get a Canada-style trade agreement and take back control of our borders, laws and money." Earlier this month, Mr Johnson said "early progress" on agreements over financial services and personal data protection would be "a test of the constructive nature of the negotiating process". But pledges in the political declaration to reach an agreement on financial services by June 2020, and on data by the end of December, were dropped by Brussels when the EU's negotiating mandate was published. Government sources said that meant Mr Johnson was fully entitled to ignore elements of the political declaration. Britain will refuse to sign up to EU rules on state aid, and will not build any infrastructure to deal with customs declarations on goods crossing from the mainland to Northern Ireland despite EU demands that they must exist. Mr Barnier said: "We are ready to offer to the UK super-preferential access to our markets – a level of access that would be unprecedented for a third country. "Is this something we can do without firm guarantees that the UK will respect the 'level playing field' and avoid unfair competitive advantages? The answer, I'm afraid, is simple. We cannot. We want competition in the future but it must be fair – fair and free." Mr Barnier said that, whatever the outcome of the trade talks, there would be checks on goods entering the EU from Britain from the beginning of 2021 when the current transition period ends. He said: "Of course we love 'Made in Britain' but we must guarantee that the goods we import from the UK, tariff and quota free, really are British. "We cannot take the risk that the UK becomes a kind of assembly hub for goods from all over the world, allowing them to enter the single market as British goods." Read more: The Telegraph

Who is going to sign any agreement with this charlatan and liar who cannot be trusted? Johnson will lead to the total destruction of the British economy. Don`t have to remind you Boris, we are No longer in the EU, so they have to treat us like any other country seeking a trade agreement. They cannot insist we agree to Any EU rules or regulations! Don`t waiver, and Don`t let us down!

Are we seeing a BorisBubble because he’s surrounded himself with yes men and misfits? Maybe if he went out and met real people he wouldn’t make these kind of mistakes? It’s not a good argument to deploy. Firstly, it doesn’t make sense. He agreed the PD weeks before the election. He never made an promise to break it. Secondly, if he doesn’t want to negotiate a deal, why all this posturing. Thirdly, other potential partners will see this.

“ Downing Street sources” eh? Did Dommo telephone, email or come round in person to give his story instructions? To tell you the UK is going to renege on an international agreement your Prime Minister freely entered into. That should go down with prospective partners elsewhere! I think Boris is sick of weaving!

AvEngSciPol Data driven strategic plan puts EU and US low on list of priorities for trade deal. US only 4% of global trade for commodities, EU low on bilateral items to trade. Bilateral trade with China no.1 as it has best production/volume and UK has best engineering traditions. Why should the EU trust the UK anymore?

richardcalhoun It’s official... it’s in the TelePolitics The political declaration was effectively made 'under duress' from a remainer parliament that was determined to overthrow the result of EURef. It is not legally binding and it is totally legitimate to ignore it and move on from the WA with a clean sheet. Iromg skypapers

Boris Johnson faces angry backlash from farmers after dismissing post-Brexit food fears as ‘mumbo jumbo’Prime minister told that allowing in ‘food which would be illegal to produce here would not only be morally bankrupt, it would be the work of the insane’ Boris won't admit it, but he's seen me naked and I gave him a rear choke to an R Kelly record If only someone has mentioned that British farmers were going to be at a greater disadvantage when we start negotiating new trade deals with the world. If only our newspapers had covered this subject a few years ago! Well they voted for him ...and ignored the warnings that he is a liar and ignores opposing views

Be smart, learn from President Trump! EU is in deep crisis, too much China influences, stop using HuaWei products, don't let the cheap price fool you, security is no money can buy. See how corona virus is spreading around the world! Wake up, people! Queue the FBPE meltdown. Disappointment if he doesn’t now

In a break between his taxpayer-funded hols? PartTimePrimeMinister

PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn accuses Boris Johnson of pretending to care about flood victims - live newsRolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and Michel Barnier ’s Brexit speech Meanwhile... I'm not even sure he'd pretending to care at the moment. It's quite clear he doesn't give a shit. The only thing Boris is pretending to be is Prime Minister. Supreme Leader Cummings is keeping an eye on him.

Boris Johnson should cancel Heathrow expansion, former environment secretary saysExclusive: Ex-Tory minister urges government to 'think again' over go-ahead for third runway Cause after leaving the EU the wisest course of action is to add further difficulties to international trade. She’s not bitter then.... That's why she's 'FORMER'

Boris Johnson faces outrage over fall in life expectancy linked to austerity, as Tory MP admits to exposing himself in pub - follow liveukpolitics latest: - Boris Johnson urged to act over fall in life expectancy after decade of Tory austerity -Tory MP apologises after video of him exposing himself in pub emerges -Yorkshire Tea distances itself from Tory chancellor after photo-op Follow our live updates on ukpolitics across the day here Is Labour up to anything ? Any scandal?

Boris Johnson said money to fund child abuse inquiry was being 'spaffed up a wall' in resurfaced footageFootage has resurfaced of Boris Johnson complaining about the amount of money being spent on investigating 'historic' child abuse cases following a report on the Westminster abuse claims. In March Check out our page for daily infographics on global current affairs. We post fair and balanced infographics to bring back reason and effective discourse to politics and keep people informed of the world around them knowledgeispower painlesspolitics Maybe he's hiding something 🤔 But Johnson BorisJohnson perfectly happy to spaff money up the wall on Brexshit, bridges that are never built, and HS2 🤦‍♂️

Sajid Javid warns Boris Johnson not to go on a spending splurge in next budget after shock resignation'It would not be right to pass the bill for our day-to-day consumption to our children and grandchildren', former chancellor says As if he will lol No one has more wrath than a woman scorned. But a woman resigning on a point of principle make no sense in today’s world



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