Nothing wrong with wanting to protect your trade, its in your interest to do so, but it also has to be in the UK interest as well,
The UK is out, so the EU should no longer care about any British interests and manifestly the EU doesn't care whether or not what it proposes is also in the UK's interest.
It's taking a maximalistic approach, trying to squeeze as much as it possibly can from a third country in a very weak negotiating position: well done by them, I'd say.
You don't expect the US or the PRC for instance to be any more generous to the UK, do you?
following EU regulations does not mean we have to be in regulatory alignment.
You may think so, but if your negotiating partner thinks otherwise, you will have to face reality and make your mind up at some point: do you somehow give in to his demand (in an elegant way), or do you forgo on dealing with them?
Your sovereign choice...
All goods exported from the UK to the EU will follow EU regulations
What you're saying is that as long as the end product meets EU standards, the process under which it is produced should be of no importance to the EU whatsoever..
The EU does not agree, so the choice is yours: you want to sell to the EU, you'll have to set up the entire process according to heir regulations.
Simple demand, simple choice which you're free to make.
That's your precious sovereignty.
Just like Australia
Trade between 2 sovereign partners happens on mutually agreed terms; what others may or may not have agreed for their mutual trade is part of different negotiations.
It's the sovereign right of the EU do be demanding far more from a neighbouring third country than it ever did from others, a concept Brexiteers clearly never ever considered to be possible as they have always assumed that what the EU offered to some partner half way accros the globe would automatically also be available to them too...
Well, guess what? It isn't, so better live with it now and accept the consequences of this political miscalculation.
FWIW, it might have been a good idea to have considered this situation prior to launching the adventure called 'Brexit', because the UK was explicitly warned well before all of this started it would be the case, but hey "Once out, we are free to chose whatever sort of arrangement we want to have with the EU", right? ROTFL
The UK was told this claim is utter nonsense in 2016 ('"They'll chance their mind once we vote to leave, because they'll want to sell their wine and cars to us"); in 2017 ("They'll change their mind once we actually trigger article 50 and start negotiating"); in 2018 ("The'll chance their mind once the 2 year deadline looms"); in 2019 ("They'll change their mind once we show our resolve and elect a real Brexiteer as PM"), and now again in 2020 ("They'll chance their mind once we have jumped off the cliff first")...
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different outcome!
It's never going to happen, that should be clear to even the most optimistic Brexiteer.
All we have right now is Brexiteers complaining about EU rules they don’t want, which they are only required to accept if they want access to an EU market which they don’t really care about having access to?! It’s .... bizarre.
Indeed: all we get is constant whining about how unfair it is what is being asked by the EU, or how it is infringing on the UK's sovereignty.
The UK is under no obligation whatsoever to accept the demands from the EU and is free to walk away from the talks at any time.
"It's the UK who's left the EU, not the EU who has left the UK", another famous quote from Mr. Barnier.
Leaving the EU means you automatically revert to WTO terms, unless you agree to something else and the initiative for this entirely comes from the UK, hence after 3 extensions we are now in a transitional period and having these exhausting trade talks.
The EU is perfectly fine with whatever outcome the UK desires as "it fully respects the sovereign choice of the UK", but it does not allow "cherry picking": each type of future arrangement is fully available to the UK, yet each one comes with a certain price to pay. The prerogative of setting that price is entirely with the EU however, much to the disbelief of Brexiteers who somehow thought they'd still be setting it as well as if the UK still holds any influence over the EU!
For people completely obsessed with regaining absolute sovereignty through Brexit, they have been blatently ignoring the fact the EU hold equal sovereignty towards the UK after Brexit too.
"you can not be dancing at 2 parties at the same time", was Mr Barniers final quote of this week...