Anand Menon: Brussels may levy post-Brexit trade tariffs
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Amid the tense state of affairs between the UK and EU, Swedish MEP, Charlie Weimers, insisted Brussels will continue to punish Britain despite the issues to trade in Northern Ireland. While the MEP insisted the EU must maintain a stable relationship with Brexit Britain, the “federalists” in the bloc will continue to punish the UK for leaving. Following the departure from the EU, relations with the bloc have become strained amid a series of issues surrounding fishing rights, the Northern Ireland Protocol, and migrant flows across the Channel.
In order to protect the integrity of the bloc, the EU has taken a hardline stance with the UK which is set to continue, the MEP warned.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Weimers said: “I don’t think that you will find many federalists who look at themselves in the mirror and tell themselves that they should have done better.
“What it comes down to is really, is a mentality of not moving on.
“That’s what we’re seeing unfortunately.
“I don’t think we will see any big self-insight in Brussels because of the anxiety of others following in the UK’s footsteps.
“That is going to shape part of the European Union’s response for the foreseeable future.”
Earlier this year, France and the UK clashed over fisheries licences for fishermen to use the waters around Jersey.
Following Brexit, French fishermen blockaded Jersey against post-Brexit rules which require French boats to show they have a history of fishing in the island’s waters.
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Both UK and French naval vessels were dispatched to monitor the situation around the channel island’s St Helier port.
Home Secretary, Priti Patel, is also drawing up plans to send back small boats of migrants to France.
Ms Patel is also threatening to withhold the £53million given to France to double its patrols, The Times reports.
A record of 13,500 migrants have crossed the Channel in small boast this year.
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Pierre-Henri Dumont, France’s MP for Calais, refused any possibility of shipping migrants back across the Channel.
He said: “Not giving a chance to children to be protected is something that should not be tolerated in modern society.
“We are talking about human rights and dignity.
“The UK left the EU but the UK did not leave the international community and the UN.”
Amid the issues caused to trade in Northern Ireland, the UK has called on the protocol to be amended.
DUP leader, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, has called on the protocol to be scrapped and demanded the removal of all trade barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
If changes are not made, he threatened that his party will collapse the Stormont Assembly.
The EU, however, has refused to amend the Protocol and has instead called on political leaders to calm the rhetoric over the agreement.
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