The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator warned that the United Kingdom would need to stick to EU regulations in order to secure a post-Brexit trade agreement with the bloc.
Trade negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom cannot formally begin until after the official Brexit day on January 31, 2020, but Michel Barnier, the EU’s top negotiator, has laid out the goal of locking the UK into a series of rules and regulations ahead of any trade deal.
“We will keep our strategic interests in mind. We know that competing on social and environmental standards – rather than on skills, innovation, and quality – leads only to a race to the bottom that puts workers, consumers, and the planet on the losing side”, Mr Barnier wrote in Project Syndicate.
“Thus, any free-trade agreement must provide for a level playing field on standards, state aid, and tax matters,” he added.
As far as I’m concerned, the whole point of Brexit was have Britain govern itself, rather than be governed by other people. All the current EU rules and regulations (and above all the smoking ban) should be revised or scrapped.
The only reasonable demand that the EU might make is that goods exported to the EU should conform to EU rules and regulations. We might also demand that EU exports to Britain conform to our rules and regulations.