BOUYED by the tremendous majority that his government has in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made it clear that he was not in favour of “alignment” between Britain and the European Union.
This is at odds with the EU stance which has indicated that the UK could only enjoy a tariff-free trade deal if the country was prepared to accept EU regulations and standards.
Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach, commented that a trade deal had been made more difficult to achieve with Mr Johnson “fixed on a harder Brexit”.
The Irish position is that it does not wish to see a trade deal which could undercut Irish business if Britain had “lower financial standards, lower product standards, lower health and safety standards.”
To some extent that whole matter can only remain an opinion until Brexit is confirmed and then official trade talks can commence.