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EU digs heels in REFUSING to talk trade unless Brexit phase 1 deal put into LAW

THE European Union is refusing to move on to the second phase of Brexit talks unless the Phase 1 agreement is put into law.

Eurocrats are digging their heels in after the UK’s Brexit secretary David Davis said Britain’s agreement “was more a statement of intent than a legally enforceable thing”, which prominent MEP Guy Verhofstadt claimed “undermined trust”.Talks went on through the night on Thursday and Friday between Britain, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the EU to sign off the first phase of negotiations.

The last minute, early morning deal settled the divorce bill, the Irish border and EU citizens’ rights, with the hope negotiations can now move on to trade.

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Brexit secretary David Davis said the phase one Brexit deal wasn’t enforceable


Mr Davis then talked bullishly about wanting a “Canada Plus Plus Plus” trade deal with the EU, suggesting that the UK would not pay the rumoured £39 million divorce bill otherwise.And Theresa May yesterday told Parliament “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”, saying she would refuse to pay the £39billion divorce bill if a trade deal wasn’t given.

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Prime Minister Theresa May shakes hands with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker


Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, and the European Parliament’s representative in the Brexit negotiations, was left unimpressed by Mr Davis’s comments.Mr Verhoftstadt, who also served as his country’s Prime Minister from 1999 to 2008, tweeted: “Remarks by David Davis that Phase one deal last week not binding were unhelpful & undermines trust.

“EP text will now reflect this & insist agreement translated into legal text ASAP.”

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The letter shows the amendment, due to be ratified later this week


Remarks by David Davis that Phase one deal last week not binding were unhelpful & undermines trust. EP text will now reflect this & insist agreement translated into legal text ASAP 

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Traffic crosses into Northern Ireland from the Republic alongside a Brexit Border poster


Mr Verhofstadt’s irritation is shared by others in Brussels, and a draft statement prepared by representatives of the 27 member states of the European Union, and due to be signed later this week, has been revised to say: “Negotiations in the second phase can only progress as long as all commitments undertaken during the first phase are respected in full and translated faithfully in legal terms as quickly as possible.”The text also calls on Mrs May to “start drafting the relevant parts of the withdrawal agreement” into law.

The EU draft text states that “all existing regulatory, budgetary, supervisory, judiciary and enforcement instruments and structures will apply” despite Britain not being part of the EU decision-making process.

Eurocrats are also likely to insist that, as a precondition to any trade deal, Britain must agree to what it terms a “level playing field mechanism” to prevent it offering tax breaks or subsidies in order to gain a competitive advantage over EU states.

‘Negotiations in the second phase can only progress as long as all commitments undertaken during the first phase are respected in full and translated faithfully in legal terms as quickly as possible.’

EU draft statement

The words seem to shore up the EU’s position in the wake of Mr Davis’ comments, which he has since claimed have been misinterpreted.Speaking on LBC, he said: “I said this was a statement of intent, which was much more than just legally enforceable.

“Of course it’s legally enforceable under the withdrawal agreement, but even if that didn’t happen for some reason, if something went wrong, we would still be seeking to provide a frictionless, invisible border with Ireland. I was making the point it was much more than what’s just in the treaty, it’s what we want to do anyway.”

The EU27 are meeting today to decide whether sufficient progress has been made on Brexit talks.

Despite the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and its chief Brexit negotiator saying they believed enough had been done, the final decision lies with the member states.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/891234/brexit-news-latest-bexit-deal-phase-1-UK-EU-ireland-sufficient-progress

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May has crumbled to every demand of the unelected corrupt eu so why wouldn’t she crumble to this latest demand. If she does she should put put in a strait jacket and dumped in the most obscure lunatic asylum we can find. I would have walked away as soon as they started this nonsense of demanding money with menaces and paying for something with no guarantees whatsoever, They must think we are crazy and with May as an example of stupidity in the extreme it is not surprising.

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