The Guardian:Davis accuses EU of 'discourteous language' and acting in bad faith over proposed transition conditions9 February 2018 | 01:09 | FOCUS News Agency
The story referred to footnote 4, which said:
In addition, the governance and dispute settlement part of the withdrawal agreement should provide for a mechanism allowing the Union to suspend certain benefits deriving for the United Kingdom from participation in the internal market where it considers that referring the matter to the court of justice of the European Union would not bring in appropriate time the necessary remedies.
At the time some commentators downplayed the significance of this, arguing that clauses like this are routine in trade agreements.
Bu David Davis, the Brexit secretary, has given an interview today strongly criticising the commission for publishing that document. He said:
That document was hardly a legal document, it was a political document. What we’re about, is building an implementation period, which is to build a bridge to a future where we work well together. And I do not think it was in good faith to publish a document with frankly discourteous language, and actually implying that they could arbitrarily terminate, in effect, the implementation period. That’s not what the aim of this exercise is, it’s not in good faith, and we think it’s unwise to publish that.
Bad faith is quite a charge. Davis is not just saying the commission made a mistake; he is coming close to saying Michel Barnier, his opposite number, cannot be trusted. It is hard to think of anything that UK government has said about provocative about the EU in public since Theresa May’s Downing Street broadside about interfering Eurocrats during the general election.
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