Respond to an urgent matter Brexit the question raised by the Labor Party, Michael Gove giving Commons the latest updates on British talks with the EU. He argued the Brussels bloc had shown little flexibility during the first three rounds of trade negotiations and urged the European Union to recognize Britain as an equal sovereign nation to reach an agreement.
He said: “The government remains committed to an agreement with the free trade agreement at its core.
“And we look forward to the fourth round of negotiations which began on June 1.
“But success depends on the EU recognizing that Britain is a sovereign country.”
“There are still some areas where we have significant differences in principles – especially in fisheries, governance arrangements and what are called level playing fields,” Gove added.
Cabinet Minister Tory accused the EU of demanding equal access to British fishing grounds while denying access to their markets.
But he stressed: “Access to our water will be according to our conditions”.
He repeated that Britain would not extend the transition period.
Gove also said that the Government would publish a framework document outlining its plans to ensure unlimited access to goods from Northern Ireland to Britain.
Last week, European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier and his British counterpart David Frost ended the third round of the Brexit negotiations, disappointed with the demands of others.
On Tuesday, Britain announced a new post-Brexit tariff regime to replace the EU’s external tariffs, maintaining a 10 percent tariff on cars but cutting levies on supply chain imports of tens of billions of dollars.
After decades of outsourcing its trade policy to the EU, Britain is seeking free trade agreements with countries around the world and aims to have an agreement covering 80 percent of UK trade in 2022.
The new tariff regime, enacted from January 2021, marks the departure of what some British officials call the overly complex EU system, establishing Britain’s position when negotiating trade agreements with the United States and the Brussels-based bloc.
But that means that if Britain and the EU fail to reach a free trade agreement by the end of this year, prices for some food, cars and some chemical inputs imported from the bloc will rise sharply.
The UK says the regime, known as the UK Global Tariff, will be simpler and cheaper than the EU General External Rates. This will apply to countries that do not have an agreement and remove all tariffs below 2 percent.
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“Our new Global Tariff will benefit British consumers and households by cutting red tape and reducing the cost of thousands of products everyday,” said Secretary of International Trade Liz Truss.
The government says tariffs will be eliminated on various products, with 60 percent of trade entering the UK free of tariffs under WTO provisions or through access to existing preferences.
The UK will maintain tariffs for products that compete with industries such as agriculture, automotive and fisheries, and remove the 30 billion pound ($ 37 billion) import levy that enters the UK supply chain.
“Maintaining agricultural protection makes sense as a bargaining chip for EU & US trade negotiations. But it means a huge increase in costs for agricultural imports if there is no UK-EU FTA,” said Thomas Sampson, Associate Professor at the London School of Economics.
The UK will also remove product tariffs that support energy efficiency and will introduce temporary zero tariffs for goods used against COVID-19 such as personal protective equipment.
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