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Britain is being totally unrealistic if it thinks it can continue to enjoy the benefits of the single market during the Brexit transition period as the European Union flexes its muscles by threatening to take a tough stance, an influential UK political commentator has revealed.
The UK now faces a stark choice over its future position after leaked legal documents from Brussels hinted it will seek powers to block Britain if it refuses to accept or administer new laws and regulations during the two-year split.
In an interview, Adam Garrie, a leading political analyst and director of Eurasia Future, admitted he was not surprised by the latest hardening response being instigated by the European bloc as discussions move into the next phase.
“The EU has always maintained the legally sound position that during any transition period Britain would have a Norway style relationship with the EU wherein the UK would be subject to EU law in exchange for access to the single market/customs union. There is nothing remotely exotic about this,” he told Sputnik.
Mr. Garrie questioned how some political figures in Britain actually believed they could do as they please during the transition period.
“The only surprise is that many in the UK must have presumed that they could violate EU rules while still enjoying the benefits of an extended soft-transition period,” he explained.
“This simply goes to show that the UK position of trying to have its cake and eat it too, is totally unrealistic,” the commentator added.
Ultimately it now boils down to a choice of three things for Britain, Mr. Garrie said, to continue with its EU membership, or opt for a similar agreement to the one afforded to Norway and Switzerland. The third would be a full hard Brexit which would see the UK’s relationship with the EU reduced to that of Canada, Belarus or Morocco.
Play by our rules
According to the leaked papers, European leaders want to prevent Britain from making challenges against the EU rules in the European Court of Justice.There are growing fears within Brussels that Britain will attempt to twist the law and regulations to suit its own needs.
Having the option and power to suspend the UK’, however, would seriously impact on financial services, the trade of goods and even agreements with airline operators.