This is slightly misleading as it mischaracterises the UK’s position on state aid in the EU talks as wanting a free for all on its side however this isn’t the case /1

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In the UK’s negotiating mandate they have said that they are seeking state said rules similar to that in the EU-Canada & EU-Japan FTAs, going so far as to cite them explicitly. /2

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The reports appear to say that the State Aid clauses in the U.K.-Japan FTA mirror those of the EU-Japan FTA, something we’d say we’d be ok with so what’s the big deal? /3

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The EU’s offering in their negotiating mandate for future relationship is an altogether different kettle of fish where is says the U.K. must apply EU state aid rules now & in the future as they change.

Something they didn’t ask of Japan. /4

#Brexit
The UK isn’t asking for no state aid measures as all as the @FT article insinuated but similar state aid/non regression clauses as found in FTAs the already EU has

The recent FTA we signed with Japan shows what can be achieved in a short period, time the EU got real /5

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Forgetting for a moment that the EU itself is a serial breaker of international law (see the recent German Constitutional Court decision) & the fact we haven’t actually seen what the #InternalMarketBill says there are plenty of justifications in the WA /1
Firstly there’s Article 184 of the WA that commits the UK & the EU to negotiate in “good faith” on the future relationship. /2

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Over the past year the EU has done anything but negotiate in good faith.

They’ve held things up.

Refused to discuss areas of that could be agreed quickly until they got their way in other areas.

And claim they had a right to an office in #Belfast /3
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