France, Belgium, and the Netherlands are reportedly demanding the EU’s executive arm publish the bloc’s no-deal planning as the deadline for agreeing on a deal in the European Parliament looms. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom may be seeing progress on other trade deals with Australia and Canada.
The EU has been playing hardball with the British in negotiations, particularly in terms of fishing, regulations, and whether disputes over a deal would be arbitrated by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has held off releasing no-deal plans to member-states should it give the British leverage in ongoing talks. The British government negotiates directly with Brussels, rather than with individual member-states.
Nervous states with the most to lose from a no-deal are now pressuring the European Commission to release those papers, with the United Kingdom due to leave the EU’s institutions on January 1st, 2021. If there