According to reports, eurosceptic Tory MPs have cautioned they could vote against any EU trade deal which intrudes on Britain’s sovereignty, even if it’s recommended by Boris Johnson.
The Government is presently trying to negotiate a new trade deal with Brussels. This would come into effect when the Brexit transition period finishes at the end of the year. However, talks stay deadlocked over European access to British fishing waters and the EU’s need for a regulatory level playing field.
And talking to a news outlet, a source close to the European Research Group (ERG), a Eurosceptic group of Tory backbenchers, delivered a warning to Boris Johnson.
They said ERG members could vote against the trade deal in the House of Commons unless their red lines were respected.
The source remarked that for Brexiteers, the overwhelmingly important issue is UK sovereignty and that if it’s not preserved in the final agreement, he had no doubt that they will vote against the treaty in whatever vote is called.
Whilst Britain formally left the EU at the end of January it stays in a Brexit position period until the end of this year.
During the time the United Kingdom retains membership of the European single market, it must continue paying into the EU budget, implementing Brussels legislation.
If no new deal is agreed Britain and the EU will trade on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms, with tariffs on numerous products.
A second ERG figure also warned the group could vote against any trade deal Boris Johnson agrees with the EU and they said that their side had made it clear that they trust the Prime Minister on his red lines like sovereignty et cetera.
However, as a research group, they will read it before deciding and that in the unlikely event it doesn’t respect sovereignty MPs would vote against it.
If the ERG does oppose a trade deal agreed by Boris Johnson he may need the support of Labour MPs to get it through Parliament.
Sir Keir Starmer has previously demonstrated he’s keen for a new trade agreement to be reached and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has warned Brexit is now in danger amidst rumours of a compromise.
Earlier this month he announced his faction would be rebranded as the Reform Party and would campaign against coronavirus lockdowns and any concessions of sovereignty to Brussels.
It needs to be a good deal or no deal and it needs to be properly monitored to ensure none of the red lines are breached. After all, we wouldn’t want breaches like a hard border in Ireland or making sure there isn’t a fight over a few Cod, Haddock or Bass.
It needs a good deal because the repercussions don’t bare thinking about and for the United Kingdom to be truly Independent, the Withdrawal Agreement should be binned, otherwise, the United Kingdom becomes a Vassal State of the EU.
At present, the stage is still set for the Government to compromise to EU demands and then endeavour to peddle it as a victory.
Every detail of a deal must be examined, but watch out for Boris Johnson backing down.
Britain is not self-sufficient and hasn’t been for an extremely long time because we import at least 40 per cent of our food. Although we could grow more if there was an incentive to do so.
And it’s obvious that the EU want to hang on to us, they need our money and they don’t want us to be free of them in case we make a success being out of the EU, which might then encourage other members to leave.