Brexit, because energy has become a bargaining chip between the EU and the UK

Brexit, because energy has become a bargaining chip between the EU and the UK

What happens between the EU and the UK on energy?

The European Union is conditioning the UK's access to the EU energy market to Great Britain through concessions on fishing rights in British waters. If no agreement is reached and the EU plays the energy card, the UK risks losing easy access to electricity and gas imports from European member states such as the Netherlands, France and Ireland. And that could raise prices for consumers and increase the risk of blackouts, according to Bloomberg .

THE QUESTION OF FISHING WEIGHTS ON BREXIT

In fact, the EU and the United Kingdom are currently negotiating the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, which will take place on 31 December. No agreement has yet been reached on trade between the parties. Fishing rights in UK waters have so far been a sticking point in the talks, as can be read on the BBC .

The EU wants European boats to continue to have maximum access to fishing in UK waters, while London has said it will put its boats first. Fishing rights were an important part of the leave campaign in the Brexit referendum.

BARNIER READY TO PUT THE EU ENERGY MARKET ON THE PLATE

According to Bloomberg, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier now wants to secure a UK concession on fishing rights using the energy market charter. If the UK is excluded from free access to the European energy market, it has much more to lose than the EU in the gas and electricity sector.

JOHNSON ALLOWS DISTANCE IN SOME SECTORS

In an appeal to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen this weekend, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that "although some progress has been made in recent discussions, significant differences remain in a number of areas, including the so-called level playing field and fishing, "said Johnson's office in a note .

BARNIER'S PROPOSAL

After arriving in London for another round of talks earlier this week, Barnier said there are three ways to unlock the deal, one of which is to ensure “stable and mutual access to markets and opportunities for fishing in the interest of both parties ".

A month ago, an EU diplomat told RTÉ News of Ireland : "Barnier appears to have stopped discussions on energy for the moment, and this is due to his connection with fishing."


This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/energia/brexit-perche-lenergia-e-diventata-merce-di-scambio-fra-ue-e-uk/ on Sat, 21 Nov 2020 07:09:35 +0000.