This morning, Boris Johnson and Michel Barnier have set out their goals for a future trade deal between the UK and EU, exposing the gulf between the two sides. The Prime Minister said he wants a Canada-style trade deal with the bloc, but the EU is demanding the UK sign up to certain regulations and standards before an agreement can be signed. The EU wants a “level playing field” and to ensure “competition remains open and fair”, with the UK agreeing to uphold standards on issues ranging from the environment to workers’ rights.
Moreover, Mr Barnier said the bloc also wants to have access to Britain’s fishing waters, while Mr Johnson, speaking in Greenwich, stressed there’s “no need” for Britain to sign up to the “full panoply” of Brussels’ regulations.
The disagreement is a further sign that this second phase of Brexit is set to be the biggest showdown yet in the terms of the UK-EU relationship.
However, Mr Barnier’s negative attitude should not come as a surprise, as his relationship with Britain has never been smooth – even before he was appointed the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator.
During his time as Internal Market Commissioner, the French politician was described as a “threat” by many in the UK.
Michel Barnier exposed: Labour peer’s savage warning about Brexit negotiator revealed (Image: GETTY)
EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (Image: GETTY)
In 2011, former Labour City and Treasury Minister Lord Myners was reportedly incredibly annoyed with Mr Barnier’s proposed reforms of credit rating agencies and issued a brutal warning about him.
He told the House of Lords: “I met Mr Barnier when he was a minister.
“He came to see us at the Treasury.
“He came down the corridor and I was watching him.
“I am a great fan of art and I was rather impressed that he stopped to look at every painting.
“I thought, ‘This is a man with whom I share a common interest’.
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