The tedious epic of Britain’s exit from the EU, which stretched from May 2015 to February 2020, was revived and once again became one of the central themes of European politics. If earlier the British left without saying goodbye, this time they said goodbye for a long time and loudly, but they were in no hurry to leave the European market.
The next stumbling block in relations between London and Brussels was the bill “On the United Kingdom Home Market”, introduced by the Prime Minister of Great Britain Boris Johnson to the British Parliament. In addition to regulating trade between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the bill contains a statement on the supremacy of British trade law over international one. Thus, London can retroactively cross out all the agreements previously reached with the European Union. Or, worse, conclude a new trade agreement with the EU and then pass a law that contradicts it.
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen advised London to fulfill its obligations. And the European Commission adopted a communiqué in which it threatened Britain with sanctions if its government did not withdraw the controversial bill by October 1. The irritation of EU officials is easy to understand: first, London inflicted a moral offense on them by expressing a desire to leave their “beautiful union”. Then the moral costs were followed by the material: the departure of the UK left a hole in the EU budget of 75 billion euros. And London’s departure “from the family”, as luck would have it, coincided with the moment when the European economy collapsed under the weight of quarantine, and distant relatives from the Middle East poured into Europe with renewed vigor.
Despite the menacing shouts from Brussels, Boris Johnson continues to maintain his English equanimity. He is well aware that in most cases, thunderclaps from Brussels lead to only slight vibrations of air molecules. In addition, after leaving the EU, the UK received a tempting offer from the United States to conclude a “wonderful trade deal”. However, London is in no hurry in this direction either: if Donald Trump loses the upcoming presidential elections, then all signed agreements are worthless. Boris Johnson intends to wait, at the same time raising the rates in the upcoming difficult trade negotiations.