Brussels shows firmness and returns London to its commitments

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Barnier has warned London many times about the free trade deal “ambitious-Without customs duty and without quotation to which Johnson wishes to arrive.

“I see no need to force us into a deal with the EU,” said Boris Johnson in London on Monday. POOL / REUTERS

Some British leaders have trumpeted it in recent days and Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed it on Monday. The United Kingdom does indeed want to move away from European standards, withdraw from the Twenty-seven their automatic access to British waters for the benefit of annual negotiations, emancipate themselves from the supervision of the Court of Justice of the EU … objective is to find – finally! – the “economic and political independence (read above). “We weren’t surprised by Johnson’s statements“Says a European source. Brussels however had to repeat its red lines.

This is what the Commission did on Monday on the occasion of the presentation of the draft negotiating mandate, this 33-page document which fixes the room for maneuver from which Michel Barnier’s teams will benefit vis-à-vis the British and that the Twenty -Sept must now approve. Of course, the EU’s chief negotiator did not depart from his “calm“. His presentation was deliberately

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