Monday, 23 Nov 2020

Brexit bombshell: Boris Johnson ordered to exploit ‘huge leverage’ on EU to secure deal

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Brexit negotiations have further soured after Prime Minister Boris Johnson tabled the Internal Market Bill to secure the unity of the British internal market. The European Union has warned any attempt to modify aspects of the withdrawal agreement struck in January would impact the chances of securing a trade deal ahead of the end of the transition period in December. But the Prime Minister has been told the UK still has “huge leverage” to exploit in order to push Brussels into signing an agreement despite changes to the original deal.

Former Brexit Party MEP candidate Mitch Feierstein told RT UK: “The EU is playing a lot of games but the EU, if you look at what’s going on with Germany’s GDP, you look at what’s going on with the profligate Southern Europeans and all their debt.

“They need all the growth they can possibly muster.

“They need to do trade with the UK. That’s a huge amount of leverage nobody is talking about.”

Germany’s economy in July suffered its greatest decline on record following months of lockdown hitting hard exporting businesses.

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Latest data has shown German is slowly starting to recover but economists are not expecting export levels to return to pre-COVID conditions for months.

Other European Union countries have also struggled to recover from the coronavirus pandemic financially, with southern member states negotiating hard over the summer to secure agreement from the EU27 on a substantial rescue fund.

Mr Feierstein continued: “What we need to do is get people in Westminster to say, ‘look, we’re holding the cards here, you come and play ball with us or we don’t play with you.’

“There are plenty of other options around the world. People who say there aren’t aren’t paying attention or they’re trying to jam remain down our throats again, which clearly the people have voted twice that they don’t want.”

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The UK last week announced it had struck its first major trading agreement as an independent nation with Japan, with International Trade Secretary Liz Truss confirming the deal will bring “strong tariff reductions” between the two countries.

But Boris Johnson could see one of his ultimate trading goals fall apart should his Internal Market Bill affect the Good Friday Agreement.

The Prime Minister has been calling for a wider trade agreement with the United States, insisting Brexit would provide the UK with the opportunity to grow stronger ties to one of its closest allies.

But a bipartisan group of members of Congress has warned the institution will refuse to green-light an agreement with the UK should peace on the island of Ireland come under threat.

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Four congressmen on Tuesday renewed their warning to the UK with a letter addressed to Mr Johnson.

They said: “Many in the United States and in Congress consider the issues of the Good Friday Agreement and a potential US-UK Free Trade Agreement inextricably linked.

“With the issues raised in this letter in mind, we therefore urge you to abandon any and all legally questionable and unfair efforts to flout the Northern Ireland protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement and look to ensure that Brexit negotiations do not undermine the decades of progress to bring peace to Northern Ireland and future options for the bilateral relationship between our two countries.”

The congressmen included House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Eliot Engel, Democrats Richard Neal and William Keating as well as Republican Peter King.

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