The difficulty is that the EU is supposed to be a single trade block: individual deals are against the principle of that and it is difficult to see how any side deals of any significance to trade can be tolerated in the block. The UK however ...Still- it is do-able though and we still have plenty of mechanisms for bilateral agreement. In some ways it might be easier in the end for Canadian negotiators to trade with countries who want something different than another member state and it might actually strengthen resulting agreements.
There can't be much motivation in Poland to protect a trade agreement with Canada where the terms only suit France and Germany. Sometimes I think a built in and upfront level of complexity makes an agreement stronger rather than a cookie-cutter with no visible benefits for individual member states. May prevent issues later.
Yeah, he's not actually the worst of them and a damn sight more clued in than the leaders of the EPP or the PES. As I said, they all need to lay off the UK-kicking. While it might give them some immediate satisfaction, those citizens watching it in other countries are not finding it edifying.He's happy "spending his European paycheck" too.
In fairness to Lumpy, he's probably right: the events around CETA are connected to Brexit only by a coincidence of timing, not one of causality. Trade was a factor in Brexit, but Brexit was probably not really a factor in CETA trade decision.I think Brexit is a factor as trade is one factor turning the working classes against Europe.
In fairness to Lumpy, he's probably right: the events around CETA are connected to Brexit only by a coincidence of timing, not one of causality. Trade was a factor in Brexit, but Brexit was probably not really a factor in CETA trade decision.
The only tangental relation might be that Junker's credibility took a blow in the Brexit vote and that made the CETA decision easier to achieve, but even then, the writing was probably on the wall before the British voted.
The decision, taken during a meeting of the EUs commissioners in Strasbourg, represented a surprising volte-face because the Commission had hoped to treat the accord as an EU-only deal, meaning it would require approval only from the European Parliament and national governments in the Council.
Who are they trying to kid here? This was clearly a case of Germany and France protecting their interests in the UK market and throwing Canada under the bus.The tortuous path to approve the deal will sound alarms in London, where politicians are pinning their hopes on a quick settlement with the EU after Brexit. Debates in national parliaments could potentially add years of delay to the Canadian accord, which has already taken seven years to finalize.
In an even more sobering signal for the British, Romanian politicians have threatened to oppose the deal because Bucharest is not receiving visa reciprocity from Ottawa. Many British parliamentarians insist that they will be able to disentangle the question of immigration and access for EU workers from any trade arrangement with Brussels.
This decision clearly gives more leverage to national governments and parliaments, said Romanian Social Democrat MEP Sorin Moisa. They could also use it to put pressure on potential trading partners, like the U.K. if it left the EU, to settle delicate issues, for example on migration.
Negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement started in 2009 and were concluded in February this year after Canada accepted last-minute changes to the investor-state arbitration clause, which was improved to respond to public criticism about a potential lack of democratic accountability.
The sequence in which CETA revolves around member states for ratification could be interesting. I wouldn't foresee any problem with the UK signing up to a trade agreement with Canada but what might happen depending on timing is that France might wish to disrupt the smooth progression of the UK agreeing with Canada as they may see it as a way of putting pressure on and blaming the UK for the deal having to be dealt with at member state level in the first place.Presumably the UK will have to vote for this. Will they use it as a bargining chip against rEU?
Well the Labour Leave group that includes Kate Hoey MP for Vauxhall would take the opposite position regarding TTIP.The Brexiters argued the EU was too inward looking and not interested in trade with the rest of the world. This would seem to bolster that view.
It'll run into difficulty because the democratic majority are opposed to it...surely that's a good thing?The other highly significant feature of this is that it has now set the precedent by which the far more controversial TTIP trade deal (with the USA) will be ratified. It will run into severe difficulty in several EU states and this may well signal the death knell for that deal in the absence of significant alterations to its content.
The whole EU army thing was covered under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty - it's buried in its depths somewhere. Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty automatically made the creation of an EU army possible without consent from member states. Furthermore, member states are bound to allowing their forces to be part of the EU army. It is one of the main reasons for the BREXIT referendum succeeding - serving and retired officers lobbied serving and retired service people to vote Leave.There's a fundamental deficit of leadership at the top of the EU right now, including among the heads of government of the key states. Most of them seem stuck in the 'more Europe as the only solution' frame of mind with a kind of terror if anything that lies outside of that. The main features missing are clarity of vision for what the mission and destiny of the EU might be, a vision that must speak in some way to the European peoples, but, more than that, there is a failure of courage.
That being said, the penny appears to be dropping for some of them:
Watch past the kicking he delivers to the Brits at the start*. Once you get to the meat of it, he starts talking about the urgent need to reconnect with the priorities of EU citizens or else prepare for further exit referendum in other states. (However, his assertion that EU peoples want an EU army would certainly be something that would doom any new treaty in Ireland.)
*This kind of thing needs to stop. While it may give them some satisfaction, ultimately its just irking those, and not just Brits, who are dissatisfied with the EU - it's only confirming their reasons for feeling disconnected with the EU institutions.
Which, I suspect, is the plan.The other highly significant feature of this is that it has now set the precedent by which the far more controversial TTIP trade deal (with the USA) will be ratified. It will run into severe difficulty in several EU states and this may well signal the death knell for that deal in the absence of significant alterations to its content.
This suits France does it not... Haven't they generally not been a fan of TTIP (in it's current form anyway)The other highly significant feature of this is that it has now set the precedent by which the far more controversial TTIP trade deal (with the USA) will be ratified. It will run into severe difficulty in several EU states and this may well signal the death knell for that deal in the absence of significant alterations to its content.