Don’t think there is such a thing, each and every agreement will have there own hurdles to overcome. It’s just this one started with a messy divorce and generating a lot of attention. Take the trade talks between Australia and the EU it just doesn’t make the headline news unless it directly affects someone. Most Australians are none the wiser that the country is in talks. But when I mention what the EU wants in relation to GI indicators they have no idea what it means for business then when I tell them the initial reaction is go f&#k themselves.
Whether you think it is, or is not, a thing is moot. It’s been a discussion point for a while now, one that pops up even on the pro-Brexit Spectator and DT. As much as I would like to claim that it’s my insight, it’s not. It’s openly discussed.
In the words of France’s Europe Minister:
“Imagine if the only constraint is that you apply the standards that were in place on 1 January 2021 and then do what you want. It’s not reasonable.”
This isn’t an issue of heat and light. This issue is at the heart of the disagreement.
They don’t think they have to, but as demonstrated EU Parliament has passed a resolution on what they want either
I don’t follow. What?
The EU also said they will never reopen the WA either but they did, it might be subtle but it has changed along with the positions. Do I agree 100% with the changes made in respect to NI no. really it’s a 80% solution that gives NI the option of being fully aligned with the UK or stay in alignment with the EU.
I can understand why this narrative got political traction in the UK, but it’s not an accurate narrative. I’ll leave it to the pollster John Curtice to explain how you’re misreading the situation:
“The honest truth of the story of Boris Johnson renegotiating the Brexit deal is that it was a perfectly open secret that the one bit of the deal the EU would be willing to reopen was the so-called Northern Ireland backstop.
This is because the provision of the Northern Ireland backstop had been ones that the United Kingdom had proposed and the EU had accepted reluctantly.
“Whereas, what Boris Johnson did was go back to the EU to the original stance that they had originally proposed in the way of a Northern Ireland backstop.
The point is Boris was simply rewinding to an earlier stage in the negotiations and then coming up with some provisions designed to try to at least ameliorate the position of Northern Ireland.”
Suffice it to say, that really wasn’t the change in EU position about renegotiation that it’s made out to be. They didn’t concede anything, regardless of what Brexiteers want to claim. They simply put back a border in the Irish Sea, as they had warned all along.
It means we have the option of not staying in full alignment if the EU adopts changes to the status quo that are not in the interests of of the UK. We could stay in alignment but any changes are going to be in the interest of the EU and that’s understandable because that is the first priority not to any non member who happens to have signed away their sovereign right to the EU that’s why no sane nation will cede full control to the EU for a FTA.
Well no, changes in environmental and workers regulations could be beneficial to populations on both sides, so it’s not a zero sum game. I mean, let’s be clear: they’re not aiming for alignment on everything under the sun. Only on:
* workers' rights
* environmental protection
* state aid (or subsidies)
Let’s not make this out to be more than it is. The EU is effectively refusing to be drawn into a race to the bottom. That’s not to say that the UK will initiate one. Only that the EU is going to insure itself against one. If UK intends to keep high equally standards, one can reasonably argue that issues about alignment are moot. The point is that the UK is refusing to commit to doing that.
That’s true in theory, but the reality is different
The reality of today may be different. The reality of tomorrow night not.
Unless it’s constitutionally enshrined, the situation today is meaningless.
Enshrining the current devolved powers so that Westminster cannot dissolve Scottish North Ireland & Wales Parliament/Asssembly does not mean that they can stop Brexit from happening, powers involved pertains to the overall nation state will always be governed by Westminster no different from federation derived nation. There is a direct role for national, state and local government powers.
Fair enough. So why not enshrine them? Why not become a federal state and guarantee their right to exist.