EU Launches ‘Legal Proceedings’ As Brexit Talks Enter Final Round
‘Legal Proceedings’ Over UK ‘Intermarket’ Bill
If you’ve traveled to the UK and experienced a few hours of a real “London Fog” then you know the frustration of the lack of direction and depth of vision. And so it is with the average ‘Joe on the street’ when it comes to understanding the Brexit Talks. Even the reporters from Fleet Street admit to being more than just a little miffed at these proceedings.
Today we are going to give you a brief glimpse of what is going on via Video and a few notes from the staff at ZeroHedge. In the coming days Pam Barker, Director of TLB Europe Reloaded Project, will be keeping an eye on Brexit and will report on what seems to be an intended London Fog of understanding. (TLB)
(ZH)- Political theater has long been a defining feature of the negotiations between the UK and EU, whether over the initial withdrawal treaty that created a year-long transition period allowing the two sides time to negotiate a comprehensive UK-EU trade agreement. Given that political considerations will always be paramount for both London and Brussels, the two sides must pull off a difficult balancing act if an agreement is to be reached: They must both appear to be taking a hard line, and each side must be able to sell the narrative that they extracted concessions from the other.
This is why the talks under former PM Theresa May were often so infuriating, with neither side giving an inch until the British people in effect approved Brexit for a second time when they sent the Tories back to the Commons with a reinvigorated majority, under the leadership of PM Boris Johnson.
Well, the political brinksmanship between the two belligerents entered a new phase on Thursday when European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen initiated legal action against the UK over the Intermarket Bill, just as Brussels promised.
To express its objections to the Intermarket Bill, the EU is sending a “letter of formal notice” to London notifying BoJo’s government that it’s on the verge of violating an international treaty, and that Brussels would activate the dispute-resolution mechanism outlined in the withdrawal agreement. (ZeroHedge)
EU Commission has begun legal action against the UK over the Internal Market Bill, President Ursula von der Leyen confirms
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 1, 2020
The dispute resolution mechanism is a slow process, and with trade talks entering their ninth and final round this week, it’s clear BoJo is hoping to run out the clock as his government seeks concessions on fisheries, and other matters. The government in London responded to the letter, saying it would respond in “due course”.
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