Theresa may. Photo: EU2017EE estonian presidency. License: CC BY 2.0.
Acceptance in brussel open
Yesterday, british media speculated that there could be resignations in theresa may’s cabinet – and that possibly even the prime minister herself might resign. The background was a closed-door meeting at may’s country residence chequers, where her 26 ministers met without cell phones to agree on a unified position regarding the modalities of the british exit from the EU.
After twelve hours of negotiations, may informed the media only that her cabinet had agreed to a common position for negotiations with the EU "agreed on a common position for the negotiations with the EU" . An unnamed pro-brexit minister told the BBC that there was no point in voting because one group was clearly in the minority, seven to 20.
The compromise that was reached in this way provides that the united kingdom will remain part of the european single market when it comes to trade in goods, but not when it comes to capital movements (where more "regulatory flexibility" flexibility), in other services, and in the free movement of labor (for which there is a need for a new "mobility framework" should be in place). In order to combine the internal market for goods without border controls between ireland and northern ireland with an exit from the european customs union, london wants to impose different tariffs on goods for the domestic and the european market.
"Common rule book"
In order not to interrupt supply chains, there should be a "common rulebook" the new standard will include product standards for london and brussels, among other things. The rules contained therein are to be continuously harmonized between the EU and the UK "harmonized" become. However, the westminster parliament is to have the final say on whether they apply in the UK.
Although the decisions of the european court of justice (ECJ) in luxembourg are not to be formally applied, they are to serve as a "guideline" be accepted. Transport minister chris grayling said that british judges already do this when it comes to decisions concerning countries like canada or hong kong. If this does not work out to the satisfaction of both sides, a joint or independent court of arbitration should decide.
Now the EU commission and the EU member states will have to decide whether to accept this joint british position. Michael barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, had already announced last night that he would examine any concession on the basis of the EU commission’s negotiating guidelines.
Another hurdle for the compromise is not in brussels, but in london: in the westminster parliament, where it is still open how many members of may’s tory faction will accept remaining in an internal market for goods. May’s potential successor jacob rees mogg (cf. Theresa may vs. Boris johnson vs. Ruth davidson vs. Jacob rees mogg) said in response to questions about it, he knew so far only a three-page summary of the hundred-page document adopted yesterday, so he could not yet say whether the position meets the requirements of the party manifesto on brexit. However, it is "possible", that they "worse than no deal" is.
BBC commentator laura kuenssberg, in her first verdict on the contents of the paper revealed so far, concluded that it would leave many members of the tories’ brexit wing "piss off" will. According to kuenssberg, may has taken sides and is advocating closer ties with the EU than many of her party friends would like. Kuenssberg’s colleague nicholas watt therefore believes that there will be "will be a problem", if brussel tries to, "to further water down the proposals".
Seehofer demands "unrestricted safety cooperation"
Shortly before the british cabinet agreement, a letter from german interior minister horst seehofer to the EU commission was in the hands of the financial times reached. In this on the 27. In a letter dated june 6, the CSU chairman said that he did not want to interfere in the commission’s affairs, "however, as minister of the interior of a european member state, I would like to point out that the security of european citizens must be given the highest priority, also in the european union".
Therefore, seehofer said, barnier must establish with the united kingdom an "unrestricted security cooperation" . Barnier himself had previously announced that this security cooperation would naturally decrease after a brexit.
After the letter came to light, the EU commission simply said that michel barnier was the only "only one brexit negotiator" and that keep "to the red lines or guidelines laid down by the european council".