Brexit: Insider discusses UK state aid rules
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As the Chancellor prepares to meet the Prime Minister, Sir John Redwood has ordered the EU to stop treating the UK as a “naughty errant colony”. Although the UK is attempting to maintain healthy relations with the EU, the MP for Wokingham claimed Brussels has behaved “petulantly” towards Britain post-Brexit. Writing for his personal blog, Sir John also said the EU was attempting to harm and control trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
If the EU doesn’t stop its belligerent behaviour towards the UK, Sir John warned Britons will begin to boycott European goods in favour of British produce.
He said: “The UK will have more options both to make and grow more for ourselves and to source imports from outside the EU as we open better trade deals with non-EU countries and regions.
“The UK has been much more the customer than the supplier in our trade with the EU, so we expect to be treated well to keep our custom.
“The EU’s wish instead to treat us some naughty errant colony is a good way to hasten the search for substitutes for EU food and goods.”
Although relations have become strained with the EU, the UK has begun to act on its newfound independence, namely with the creation of a new state subsidy regime.
Such is the value of the UK’s independence, Sir John insisted the EU must realise that it can no longer control Britain.
However, some issues have arisen in terms of trade, namely in Northern Ireland and in the sale of fish to the continent.
While the UK is working to resolve the issues, Sir John insisted the EU should stop its “aggression” towards Britain.
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The Brexiteer added: “Our substantial trade between GB and NI is no threat to trade between NI and the EU, as it is properly controlled and regulated to be internal trade only.
“The continuing wish to treat UK fish as if it were still a common EU resource is also an unfortunate aggression.
“The permanent pressure to get the UK to conform with all EU rules and regulations is a silly attempt to thwart one of the aims of Brexit.”
The German Chancellor will meet the Prime Minister at Chequers in what will be one of the final times Ms Merkel travels to the UK before she steps down in September.
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While there, the two will discuss issues relating to Brexit and the pursuit to ban UK tourists in Europe.
Last week, the Chancellor implored the EU to ban all UK arrivals regardless of vaccinations.
Amid concern over the Delta variant, Ms Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron want all UK travellers to be forced to quarantine for 14 days.
Away from Covid restrictions, relations with the UK have also worsened due to Brexit.
However, in a surprising sign of cooperation, the EU has now agreed to extend the amnesty on chilled meats entering Northern Ireland in a step towards a long-term resolution in September.
The Commission has also adopted two data adequacy decisions for the UK.
Commenting on the decision, Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, said: “The UK has left the EU but today its legal regime of protecting personal data is as it was.
“Because of this, we are adopting these adequacy decisions today.
“At the same time, we have listened very carefully to the concerns expressed by the Parliament, the Members States and the European Data Protection Board, in particular on the possibility of future divergence from our standards in the UK’s privacy framework.
“We are talking here about a fundamental right of EU citizens that we have a duty to protect.
“This is why we have significant safeguards and if anything changes on the UK side, we will intervene”.
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