This week everyone continues to gear up for a final negotiating push. All eyes are focussed on the big three issues – fish, state aid and the EU’s demand for a so-called level playing field.
It is no surprise to find that Michel Barnier’s claims about fishing rights growing fishier than ever. It was widely reported this week that the UK wants to double its fish quota. Barnier has claimed that the UK demands are completely unreasonable. But this only replicates the EU’s arrangements with Norway and would still be a voluntary limitation of the UK’s right to full sovereignty over its waters.
On state aid and the level playing field, Barnier continues to pile the pressure on the British negotiators to make clear how they would plan to use these freedoms in future. Chief negotiator Sir David Frost has hit back, criticising the EU’s efforts to assert continued control over UK politics. In a memorable phrase, he accused the EU this week of treating the UK like…