Brussels wants UK compliance with EU rules as a price for a trade agreement. London wants free trade without conditions.
The Brexit is only a few days old, but the gap between the European Union and Great Britain is already deepening. After the exit, the clarification of future relations between the EU and the new third country Great Britain is on the agenda – and there is a lot of noise, even before formal talks have even started. EU negotiator Michel Barnier, when presenting the EU Commission’s proposal for the negotiating mandate in Brussels on Monday, urged the British to continue to abide by EU rules – but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vehemently rejected this in London.
“I see no need to tie us to the EU,” said Johnson in his first keynote speech after Brexit at the magnificent Greenwich Naval College on the eastern edge of the capital. “We will restore complete sovereign control over our borders, immigration, competition, subsidy schemes, supplies, data protection.”