Brexit: UK ‘hasn’t seen the back of Barnier’ claims expert
Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator, who led the EU’s talks over a trade deal with the UK, warned there is “obviously a risk” in the event of future arguments. Boris Johnson has said any disputes resulting occurring from the trade agreement between the two sides would be dealt with by “third-party arbitration” but stressed this move would be unlikely. But when asked if he expects “significant litigation” with the UK, Mr Barnier told French newspaper Le Figaro: “There is obviously a risk but I do not want to make a trial of intent here.
“This agreement must be the basis for intelligent and sustainable cooperation between Europe and the United Kingdom.
“The British have experienced diplomats who never give up and always ask for more!
“They wanted ‘the best of both worlds’.”
The comments from the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has sparked a furious reaction from Express.co.uk readers.
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One wrote: “Failed to bully the UK into doing as the EU demanded but, like a bully, keeps shouting threats as he walks away from the fight.”
A second person said: “Whatever you do Barnier we will do back to you.
“We are in control of our country now.
“We will be watching EU countries to make sure they abide by the rules.”
One person said the comments from Mr Barnier are a sign he and the EU are under huge pressure.
They wrote: “Barnier is getting very twitchy, he must know the EU is in its final stages of relevance.”
Other readers launched scathing attacks against both the EU Remainers, accusing Brussels of “sour grapes” and branding those still wanting the UK to remain in the continental trading bloc as “pathetic”.
One said: “Still sour grapes from EU and pathetic Remainers who cannot respect democracy and the wishes of the British people.”
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Another commented: “Remoaners are enraged. They have nowhere to turn.”
Express.co.uk understands a regulatory body or panel will likely be established to ensure the newly agreed trade deal between the UK and EU is fully applied and interpreted.
When asked how the EU will make sure the UK will stick to its side of the agreement, EU Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen told a press conference: “We have strong measures that can be taken if one party does not play by the rules.
“So, starting from re-balancing mechanisms that are built-in with dispute settlement mechanisms, to review clauses and overall review for example, after four years, to see whether both sides played by the rules, that the level playing field is level indeed.
“And there is the commitment to follow whatever has been agreed in this deal.
“So, from the experience we have had we built in safeguards that are necessary to make sure there is a strong incentive for both sides to stick to what they have agreed to.”
A Downing Street spokesman told Express.co.uk: “The deal is based on international law, not EU law.
“There is no role for the European Court of Justice and no requirements for the UK to continue following EU law or be forced to keep EU law as it currently stands.
“If the UK exercises its sovereign right to have different rules to the EU, any issues arising will be dealt with fairly by an independent arbitration process with no role for EU judges.”
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