This morning MEPs are debating the European fee’s draft negotiating mandate for the UK-EU commerce talks and Ursula von der Leyen, the fee president, used her speech to softly mock Boris Johnson’s suggestion that the UK could be pleased with an Australian-style commerce association with the EU. That is now the UK authorities’s most popular approach of describing what the remainder of us name “no deal” – the UK exiting the transition interval on the finish of 2020 with no commerce take care of the EU to easy buying and selling preparations. As my colleague Patrick Wintour reported final week, British officers have been ordered to not discuss “no deal” anymore, and Johnson confirmed the brand new linguistic method (which additionally displays a coverage shift – a rising willingness to just accept no deal) in his Brexit speech in Greenwich final week, the place he mentioned:
The query is whether or not we agree a buying and selling relationship with the EU similar to Canada’s – or extra like Australia’s.
This morning Von der Leyen praised Johnson for celebrating the significance of free commerce in his speech. (The EU’s single is all about facilitating free commerce.) However she additionally mentioned this concerning the UK’s new discovered enthusiasm for an Australian-style commerce deal.
Actually, I used to be just a little bit stunned to listen to the prime minister of the UK communicate concerning the Australian mannequin. Australia, with none doubt, is a powerful and like-minded accomplice. However the European Union doesn’t have a commerce settlement with Australia. We’re at present buying and selling on WTO phrases. And if that is the British selection, properly, we’re nice with that, with none query. However actually we simply are within the second the place we’re agreeing with Australia that that we should finish this case and we work on a commerce take care of them.
In different phrases, the Australian-style association is so unsatisfactory that even the Australians don’t need it; they’re attempting for a free commerce take care of the EU as a substitute.
I’ll publish extra from the talk quickly. As my colleague Jennifer Rankin reported final week, MEPs are debating a decision saying that any future British authorities ought to be required to improve key employment, atmosphere and competitors legal guidelines to keep up free commerce with the European Union. You may learn the textual content of the decision right here.
Later, in fact, we’ve got a significant assertion from Johnson within the Commons on HS2. Right here is the agenda for the day.
8am: The European parliament debates the European fee’s draft negotiating tips for the UK-EU commerce talks.
10am: Michael Gove, the Cupboard Workplace minister, addresses a Inexperienced Alliance convention on the COP 26 local weather change summit. At 3.15pm Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, may even handle the convention.
10.45am: Boris Johnson chairs cupboard.
After 12.45pm: Johnson is because of make a press release to MPs concerning the authorities’s plans for HS2 and for an funding in buses and cycle networks.
3.35pm: Mark Carney, the outgoing governor of the Financial institution of England, offers proof to a Lords committee.
And sooner or later at present the House Workplace will publish the textual content of its emergency anti-terror laws, the terrorist offenders (restriction of early launch) invoice.
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