The Downing Street machine has launched an offensive to vindicate Boris Johnson’s Brexit credentials. The Prime Minister faces the crucial week that will decide the trade agreement with Brussels. They believe that the sudden departure of the once all-powerful adviser Dominic Cummings will facilitate understanding.
Any potential concessions on behalf of the agreement will require direct involvement from Johnson
The notice to Europe is simple. The agreement will only be possible if it is compatible with British sovereignty. It must also guarantee the full repatriation of the sacred trinity: laws, commercial autonomy, and control over the waters.
A week ago, Boris Johnson’s Downing Street operation was thrown into turmoil. This comes after the dramatic resignation of his communications chief Lee Cain. Another great battle is open within the Government, with the Ministry of Treasury heading up the efforts pressing for a pact with the EU.
Any potential concession on behalf of the agreement will require the direct intervention of a Johnson. His decision-making capacity is increasingly questioned, starting with his advisers. The process remains stagnant in the obstacles that had blocked it from the beginning. These were fishing, a minor dispute economically, but of vital importance in the political viewpoint. Besides, there are differences in terms of regulatory alignment. That is, the Community requirement to guarantee competition under equal conditions, to prevent British companies from having an advantage.
The problem for Johnson is that any room for maneuver he uses to settle the dialogue successfully will be seen as a sign of weakness, both against the Twenty-Seven and on the perception that it was Cummings who was pulling strings. As proof, Downing Street has contacted conservative and strongly pro-Brexit MPs to ensure that there will be no surrender on Brexit matters.
- Trading Instrument