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Filed on September 14, 2020

The Johnson government is still not prepared with on what makes the grade

Britain has much to lose in the game of brinkmanship its government is playing as it attempts to sculpt out a Brexit deal that is supposedly a good one for the country. After threatening to walk away from the talks with the European Union in mid-October, the Boris Johnson government is now talking of breaking international law by unilaterally rewriting sections of the withdrawal agreement with the European Union. The EU, consequently, has warned of legal action against the British government for this contravention. Brexit negotiations have been a challenge ever since they started, and the biggest hurdle for the British government has been a lack of clarity and reasoning on what political leaders truly want for their country. 

At a time when Brussels is seeking full details from London on its state aid plan as an integral part of talks on the future of trade relationship between the EU and UK, the Johnson government is still not prepared with on what makes the grade. This opaqueness has become the latest bone of contention. The argument that the government wants to discuss the plan with the public, including businesses, a process that might take another year or so, is a plain disregard for the timeline shared by the European Union. The British government's insistence that it will, for the time being, adhere to subsidy rules set out by the World Trade Organization will not serve the best interests of the country. Sacrificing Britain's trade relations with the EU will hardly help a post-Brexit Britain in building the future it envisions. It's time for Johnson to act responsibly and put the interests of people over his own ambitions.


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