Andrew Neil hits back against Remainers after furious outburst over EU’s Brexit threats

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With the areas of divergence remaining between the two sides, Neil took to Twitter to issue his outrage at the EU’s refusal to compromise. The former BBC man also defended the UK’s position as the two sides head for a no deal Brexit. A level playing field has been one of the EU’s major requirements from any Brexit deal with the UK.

Brussels wants to force the UK into regulatory alignment despite Britain voting to leave the bloc in 2016.

Referencing this issue, Mr Neil said: “Since Brussels is convinced that leaving the EU is an act of unprecedented self-harm – and it could be proved right, we’ll see – I don’t understand why they want to crib and confine the UK within their imperial regulatory reach in perpetuity.

“Why bother with a basket case?”

After referencing the EU’s desire, the former BBC man sparked backlash across social media from Remainers.

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In response to claims Mr Neil was part of a segment of the UK which wanted to leave the EU but keep its benefits, the former BBC man quickly dismantled the attacks from Remainers on Twitter.

In one comment, one person insisted a level playing field is a necessary requirement of a single market.

Mr Neil responded: “As of January 1 we won’t be in the single market, funnily enough.”

In another, the broadcast veteran referenced the trade deal between Canada and the EU where certain standards are not required.

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Mr Neil also pointed out to a social media user that there were no workers rights the UK wants to diminish.

The level playing field is whereby the two sides agree to a set of regulatory standards on areas such as state aid and the environment.

At the heart of the EU’s demands over the level playing field is to protect the single market.

Due to this, the EU has demanded the UK sign up to non-regression clauses for fair competition.


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By doing this, the trade deal would stop the UK from changing standards in certain areas and therefore become a more attractive destination for companies.

This tactic had been put forward as a ‘Singapore-on-Thames’ model whereby the UK drops regulations and taxes in order to compete against the EU.

EU Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen claimed: “On the level-playing field, we have repeatedly made clear to our UK partners that the principle of fair competition is pre-conditioned to privileged access to the EU market.

“It is the largest, single market in the world and it is only fair that competitors to our own enterprises face the same conditions on our own market.

“But this is not to say that we would require the UK to follow us every time we decide to raise our level of ambition for example in the environmental field.

“They would remain free – sovereign, if you wish – to decide what they want to do.

“We would simply adapt the conditions for access to our market accordingly the decision of the United Kingdom and this would apply vice versa.”

UK officials have rejected the level playing field as this would tie Britain into EU standards and defeat the purpose of Brexit.

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