THE EU is demanding harsh punishments for any post-Brexit trade deal rule breaking, claiming the UK can no longer be trusted.
EU leaders, including French president Emmanuel Macron, will use a summit starting on Thursday to lobby for tough enforcement powers if a trade deal is struck, The Financial Times reports.
The leaders will urge the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to ensure Brussels can take rapid retaliatory action if Britain breaches its commitments to any deal.
The demand is understood to be retaliation for Boris Johnson’s move to override the Brexit treaty – something EU diplomats claim shows Britain can no longer be taken at its word.
The UK and EU are set for more talks this week as the Brexit transition period deadline looms just days away.
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UK TOLD EU TO 'UP THE PACE' IN BREXIT TALKS
BRITAIN told EU chiefs to “up the pace” in Brexit talks as they faced missing their own deadline for reaching a deal. Negotiators accused Brussels of “treading water” for months with the “moment of truth” now only four days away.
PM Boris Johnson yesterday told French president Emmanuel Macron rapid progress must be made to avoid a No Deal.
The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned last July that the last possible date for a draft agreement was mid-October.
A source close to the UK team said: “We must stop treading water.”
Business Secretary Alok Sharma will today write to 600,000 firms urging them to prepare now for January 1's exit.
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BLOC WILL NOT ACCEPT A BAD DEAL FOR THE SAKE OF COMPROMISE
The European Union and Britain must reach an agreement on their post-Brexit ties by the start of November, France's European affairs minister said on Sunday, but the bloc would not accept a bad deal just for the sake of reaching a compromise.
“There needs to be an agreement in the coming weeks. That means around the beginning of November,” Clement Beaune told FranceInfo radio.
“We must not lose our calm in the final days of negotiations because that is sometimes when bad concessions are made.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday that he would explore every avenue for a trade deal with the European Union but said progress to bridge significant gaps needed to be made in the coming days.
Johnson has set a deadline of the Oct. 15 EU summit for agreeing a deal, and the EU is seeking a few more concessions before entering the final phase of negotiations.
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HOLIDAYMAKERS FACE HUGE MOBILE CHARGES FOR ROAMING BEYOND EUROPE
Which? is calling for trade deals to extend free mobile roaming beyond Europe, as new research reveals holidaymakers in some destinations could face fees of around £30 to upload a single photo.
Holidaymakers currently face a bewildering range of rules, restrictions and sky-high charges when using their phone while travelling outside of the EU and could face having their phone suddenly blocked once they hit their monthly cap – preventing them from making or receiving important calls.
Extending “Roam Like at Home” benefits would remove this extra cost and inconvenience for thousands of Britons every year.
It is important that the government ensures trade deals deliver meaningful benefits for consumers and protect their rights. Roaming is one example of how the government can demonstrate that it is promoting consumers’ interests.
The consumer champion analysed the cost of using data in the four non-EU countries that the UK government has prioritised for post-Brexit trade deals – USA, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. It calculated the charges consumers face for simple functions such as uploading a photo and streaming a song, across 13 networks.
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FORMER PM THERESA MAY COULD MAKE RETURN TO FRONTLINE POLITICS
Theresa May could make a shock return to frontline politics with a major new Government job, it was claimed last night.
The ex-PM has been asked by Boris Johnson to head up the COP21 climate change summit hosted by Britain next year.
The global gathering of UN members is to be held in Glasgow next November after it was delayed because of Covid.
Mrs May was reported by the Sunday Times to have not turned down the offer but has not yet signed up.
But her supporters pointed to her declaration that the UK would be carbon free by 2050 in one of her last acts in No10.
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DAIRY GIANT ARLA SAYS SHOPPERS FACE PRICE RISES IN NO-DEAL BREXIT
The boss of the UK's largest dairy supplier has warned shoppers they will have to pay more for grocery essentials including butter and cheese if the UK leaves the EU without a deal in January.
Ash Amirahmadi, who leads dairy giant Arla's UK operations, also warned that timing of Brexit talks mean that many food suppliers could “struggle” to manage a no deal or late deal in the face of coronavirus disruption and Christmas demand.
Retailers have warned that products could be slapped by with more than £3 billion of tariffs if the UK walks away from Brexit talks without a deal.
Mr Amirahmadi said suppliers are in discussions with supermarkets over how to deal with tariffs if they are introduced next year.
He said: “Around 40% of what we consume in this country is exported from the EU so any situation which involves tariff will have a significant impact.”
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