Are we heading for a bad deal?
Dear Sir, — I am very concerned with regards to the conditions that Europe will apply when we leave the EU at the end of January and exit by the end of the year.
My concerns are based on two factors: 1, Nigel Farage saying that Boris’s Brexit deal was worse than that negotiated by Theresa May and 2, the comments made by the EU since they recognised that Boris now had a clear majority to exit the EU.
Angela Merkel, on 13th December, said that the UK must obey the EU rules if we wanted a quick deal; in fact she threatened that we will have to revert to a softer Brexit relationship to get a trade deal by the end of the year and that we would remain tied to vast swathes of the bloc’s single market rules, including tariffs and laws.
The EU wanted a “flat playing field” and Germany did not want a competitor on their doorstep.
Then, on 27th December, the EU announced that the EU may need to ask Boris to extend the Brexit transition period.
Ursula van der Leyen said that it would be reasonable to evaluate the situation mid-year and, if necessary, agree on extending the transition period, the withdrawal agreement, thus allowing another two years of negotiations if an agreement was not reached by December 2020, but, the PM has vowed to make an extension illegal and to establish a hard deadline to prevent Brussels “winding down the clock”. In response, Boris warned the EU not to delay the trade deal.
I admit that I do not agree with having to make a £39bn divorce bill and, as Donald Trump said, during an interview, I would just walk away and say “I will see you in court”. It is a no-brainer to say that the £39bn could be better spent on the UK.
To quote Theresa May, “no deal would be better than a bad deal” and I fear that we may be heading for a bad deal.
The EU trades more with us than we do with them, so, in my opinion, they will be queuing up to make a deal as soon as they can — especially Mercedes, Volvo, Peugeot, Citroen (to name but four of many).
In brief, surely we have a “good hand”, and a precedent, to make a deal and this could be done within months and at no divorce, or other costs, to us and, importantly, release us from EU rules including tariffs and laws, and we would be in a position to control our population density and thus the demands being made on our infrastructure, especially health, schools , housing etc — we are but an island. — Yours faithfully,