European Union Brexit trade chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally ditched his demand and agreed to keep Britain glued to European human rights regulations just to make sure that a deal is secured with Brussels on security.
Mr Barnier said “the UK has accepted” claiming Boris Johnson has agreed with the EU demand that future police and judicial co-operation must be underpinned by the European Convention of Human Rights.
Mr Barnier brags that he has paved the way to finalising terms on a post-Brexit trade deal that will make it possible for Britain to extradite terrorists and share criminal data with the EU. Meanwhile, the Frenchman has long said he’s certain the UK would soften its stance.
Speaking to MEPS last Friday, Mr Barnier said, “We are almost in agreement on judicial and police co-operation. The British have accepted the prerequisites that we put down on the European Convention on Human Rights,” he said while adding that “We can now finalise those points.”
The UK Prime Minister’s chief negotiator David Frost has previously told the House of Lords the challenge was how to include a commitment to the ECHR in the legal text, Meanwhile, Britain has initially rejected EU proposal to implement a commitment to retain membership of the ECHR into domestic law.
The ECHR is an international agreement created by the Council of Europe and enforced by the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights.
“The UK remains committed to the ECHR – we have been clear on that time and time again, including in Parliament. We agree that co-operation with the EU should be based on our shared values of respect for fundamental rights and for the rule of law. The UK’s approach to these issues in the context of law enforcement is based on precedent for EU third-country agreements in this area,” a UK government spokesperson said.
However, conservative politicians have always opposed the UK’s participation in the ECHR, with Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s former top aide previously criticising the Strasbourg-based human rights court.
The issues of fishery remains a hard nut to crack as France, demands for widespread access to the UK’s fishing waters. But Downing Street has insisted its negotiating position will not change, with a spokesperson for Mr Johnson saying, “We want to try and reach a free-trade agreement as soon as possible. But we have been clear we won’t change our negotiating position and we have been clear what that position is.”