BRITISH: YOU CAN NOT HAVE EVERYTHING
Juan Vivancos & Agustín Carles
Over the last couple of years, the British approach to Brexit negotiations has looked so chaotic that some European Union (EU) countries thought that it was a cunning plan to trick them. In particular, the contradictions in the proposals and in the results of the votes of the parliament and the general confusion have been so strident that one could think that they must be part of a scheme to obtain better negotiation conditions with the EU.
However, what we want to show in this article is that the practical implementation of the Brexit really hides contradictions that make very difficult to achieve an agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom (UK). In fact, these contradictions explain why it is being so difficult for British politicians to take a final decision about the way Brexit is finally implemented.
First of all, it is important to remind the three main commitments that a country is obliged to fulfill when admitted as a member of the EU: Free movement of People, Free movement of Capital and Free movement of Goods and Services. Regarding the Free movement of Goods, it is worth clarifying that it encompasses two aspects: one is free trade, which involves the application of zero customs tariffs for goods that come from a country of the Union; the second is the Customs Union, which implies common customs tariffs, that are negotiated by the EU and are applied to all the products coming from countries outside the Union.This content is for members only. If you have a membership, please log in. If not, you can definitely get access! Our membership plans.
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