Brexit leak: Britain must uphold climate standards to secure EU trade deal

Posted: March 30, 2017 by oldbrew in climate, Politics
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No doubt both sides in the UK-EU negotiations will have their ‘wish lists’ but can the EU dictate British policies?

The UK will have to abide by EU environmental and climate change standards in order to conclude a future trading agreement with the rest of the trading bloc, according to a leaked European Parliament paper seen by Utility Week.

A draft resolution, setting out the parliament’s parameters for EU-UK negotiations on the latter’s withdrawal from the union, identifies the environment and climate change as two areas where common benchmarks must continue to apply.

Regarding future EU-UK relationships, the document stresses that “any future agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom is conditional on the United Kingdom’s continued adherence to the standards provided by the Union’s legislation and polices, in among others the fields of environment, climate change, the fight against tax evasion and avoidance, fair competition, trade and social policy”.

In her letter delivered at midday yesterday to European Council president Donald Tusk, which formally triggered the beginning of Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May identified network industries as one of the areas that should be covered by a new free trade agreement between the EU and the UK. She said the “bold and ambitious” agreement should cover “sectors crucial to our linked economies such as financial services and network industries”.

The letter also confirmed that the government will publish a white paper today (Thursday), which will incorporate the vast bulk of EU legislation into UK law in order to minimise disruption and provide business with as “much certainty as possible”.

Responding to the triggering of the Article 50 process, Stuart Cook, PwC’s head of utility strategy and regulation, warned that energy bills could rise if Brexit had an impact on the operation of the gas and electricity interconnectors that link the UK’s energy networks with those of its European neighbours.

He said: “The UK energy market is supported by physical connections with continental Europe through the gas and electricity interconnectors. The status of these interconnectors will be an important feature of the arrangements established with the 27 remaining EU nations. Security of supply and the affordability of energy could be put at risk if Brexit has an adverse impact on the operation of the interconnectors.

“Wherever possible, securing early commitments on the status of key energy sector policies and regulation, post-Brexit, should be a priority.

“The UK energy and utilities sector, like many others across the economy, is hoping that Article 50 negotiations will result in as much access to European markets as possible. This includes Europe’s energy trading markets, sources of investment funding and the European markets for goods and labour.”

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  1. BLACK PEARL says:

    Obviously Trumps recent actions has got them concerned over the security of their 305 billion Euros a years BS emissions income
    So they still want to dictate their beliefs and maintain a remote control by continuing to handcuff our energy generation.
    Also have you noticed how German supermarkets have proliferated !
    The tentacles of the EU allowed to quietly wrap themselves around all the essential basics of our lives before you’ve realised what has happened.

  2. tom0mason says:

    Is there still a British Commonwealth? Can the UK not tilt its trade in their direction?

  3. J Martin says:

    They want the UK to abide by climate targets when they don’t and won’t get anywhere near the targets themselves. Germany for instance has no hope of getting anywhere near their climate targets despite all their wind turbines and solar.

    As a general rule I think that Europe and the UK have a lot of shared interests that can be agreed to continue and other areas where continued harmonisation can benefit both. However, there are some areas where we will want to go our own way, fisheries, climate, defence, deporting suspect terrorists who we have previously had to pay benefits to thanks to overreach of European courts, to name a few.

    The two year process may pave the way for a future model of European Union in that it will effectively set up a multi speed Europe that will allow countries to take on the parts of joint EU legislation they can accept whilst working at their own pace towards other parts. There is no way to rigidly constrain 27 countries to one micro managed identity.

    The irony is that Brexit may end up saving the EU from total disintegration by bringing much needed reform to the EU and showing them a way forward to a more flexible yet more stable and sustainable model for cross border agreements.

  4. Andy Gray says:

    Well, I won’t be able to buy a Mercedes or Audi. I wonder what the current owners of european cars will do to get spares. That’s really going to be a problem, especially the owners of French cars! The British car manufacturers will probably struggle to be able to keep up with demand.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Date: 31/03/17 reNews

    The UK’s renewables obligation (RO) will close to all new generating capacity on 31 March leaving the country’s energy industry in need of “urgent clarity” on how to achieve clean power goals, according to Schneider Electric.

    Schneider Electric UK and Ireland zone president Tanuja Randery said that although renewables are starting to mature in the UK, this does not mean that subsidies are no longer necessary.

    “Continued support is the only way to keep the renewables market growing and innovating to provide the cleanest mix of energy at a price best for the consumer,” she said.
    – – –
    How an ongoing subsidy binge could give a ‘best price’ is as ever a mystery :/
    – – –
    To continue to support low-carbon electricity generation, the government has introduced the Contracts for Difference (CFD) scheme. This scheme is being administered by National Grid.

  6. Their arrogance is disgusting. This is a tacit admission they know their climate policies are hobbling their industries and they are terrified we might get an advantage if we modify them.

  7. If it comes down to it we just leave and take on WTO terms. It is the EU that is in a poor bargaining position.

  8. Bullshit green propaganda to further the cause of fear mongering.

    The EU is dead in the water, within a decade there will be major changes.

    Firstly BREXIT is the trigger for a change in direction, the UK government have already indicated that enough is enough and the priority will be shifted from green concerns to the economy. Other European countries will follow suite, they have to for their economies to survive.

    Secondly, and this is the big one, Trump has already started to change legislation to remove the stigma from coal.

    America will increase the mining and use of coal for energy generation. Their cost base for goods manufacture will fall giving an advantage over goods produced in countries tied to energy constrictions. If the EU then adds green tariffs to US goods they will start a trade war that will cripple them.
    UK has started to frack, gas will be the major fuel for energy production for the next century at least unless coal makes a return. We will become self sufficient and even have the European market to sell into. Manufacturing costs will be pushed down and Europe will have to follow or shrink.

    As far as consumers are concerned with the advent of the internet and global sourcing from online market places the only restriction to buying foreign goods is your own government policy. Look at how Chinese goods are available through Amazon at a fraction of the price you would pay locally. Trade deals are good on paper to show that your government is doing something but in every day life are completely useless.

    The protectionism of EU policy will from now on be detrimental to EU GDP and jobs. Poland knows this already and is fighting tooth and nail from within to maintain coal production.

    There are those in office and the media that repeatedly state that the young are losing their future by the decisions being made today. How much of your household debt will you pass onto your kids? For the next generation to prosper we have to clear National debt and allow our kids the opportunity to invest in their kids future.
    The Banking system has been rampant in the last decades providing a huge chunk of GDP from monetary transactions that have no physical worth. The debt that the country is now in is because there is nothing of value to back up the finance. Wealth creation is about having something tangible to back up trade. The experiment has reached it’s conclusion and failed. It’s time to start manufacturing again it’s what we do best.

    The future is bright, the future is no longer green.

  9. Lord B. Not for the first time, I find myself in full agreement with your assessment. Well said, sir!

  10. AlecM says:

    I believe our carbon dioxide emissions are below EU demands, perhaps the only EU country with that claim.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Trump still has the crazy US law which says CO2 is a pollutant. This can’t be overthrown by the president in an executive order, so legal challenges to his pro-coal policies may lie ahead if he doesn’t get the law changed via the full political process (votes).

  12. oldbrew says:

    tomOmason says: ‘Is there still a British Commonwealth? Can the UK not tilt its trade in their direction?’

    Yes there is. But the UK still has to compete with everyone else (US, China, Germany, Japan, S. Korea, other EU etc.) – unless a better deal can be done.

  13. Gamecock says:

    Don’t negotiate. Get out.

  14. Steve Borodin says:

    I was pleased when we won the Brexit vote. The more I learn about these oligarchs the more delighted I get.

  15. Stephen Richards says:

    Steve Borodin says:
    March 31, 2017 at 7:31 pm
    I was pleased when we won the Brexit vote. The more I learn about these oligarchs the more delighted I get.

    You have Roger T and his many helpers to thank for your release. We in Europe do not have people of his vision and drive and will remain in the shackles of EU dictators until the end.

  16. tallbloke says:

    We won the Brexit vote, but we haven’t brexited yet. The tory mouthpieces like Dan Hannan and the re-defected Doug Carswell are busy trying to woo voters back saying the job is done, but they speak with forked tongues.

    Beware twisty tories.