EU Parliament demands full UK subservience - or no trade deal

93% of MEPs impose impossible conditions on UK, in punishment vote

EU Commission President von der Leyen and Michel Barnier, empty chamber at start of debate, © EU Parliament

The fanatical Europhiles of Brussels and Strasbourg show their blue and gold colours

Yesterday in Strasbourg, MEPs voted by 543 to 39 in favour of a motion which would destroy any hope of a reasonable EU-UK trade deal by the end of this year.

The MEPs were debating the draft negotiating guidelines put forward by the EU Commission, as strengthened by their own even stronger demands. The eventual motion passed with ease.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

The demands of the “Trade Prevention Officers” of the EU Parliament

  • UK laws must follow EU laws – existing and future
  • The European Court of Justice will arbitrate on all matters of EU law
  • UK must give up its rights to its own territorial waters by June, or no deal
  • UK must guarantee to have equal laws on social, environmental, tax, state aid, consumer protection, climate matters, competition, labour standards, environmental protection, and more
  • UK must follow EU actions on almost everything
  • Gibraltar will not be included, so that the Spanish can use it to claim sovereignty once again

The EU Parliament’s full list of demands is here

The EU Commission’s full list of demands is here

What does the EU Parliament’s vote mean?

For the benefit of international readers (and ‘Rejoiner’ readers from the UK ) we must explain that the EU Parliament contains representatives (‘Members of the European Parliament’) who are elected by the voters across the 27 EU member countries. These voters cannot vote for individuals, only for a list of candidates on each party’s ticket.

Despite having some claim to democratic legitimacy, the MEPs of the EU Parliament cannot propose and implement legislation. Votes in the Parliament are mostly advisory, or are rubber stamps on legislation put forward by the unelected bureaucrats of the EU Commission.


This is one of those occasions when we find ourselves having to use what might sound like hyperbole.

These MEPs are stark, staring mad. Deluded.

There, we said it. This is not, we grant you, moderate or ‘academic’ language. The problem is that when we are faced with something so far removed from day-to-day reality and normality, we really must call it out for what it is. It’s a joke.

The faster the UK trade teams agree some quick and simple sectoral deals with all the other countries of the world, the better.

In the meantime we would issue an invitation to the EU. “Do please give us a call when you’d like to pop over to the UK to talk trade properly. Happy to discuss your £100 billion annual trade surplus with us any time. You might want to do this fairly soon though, because as you know, ‘ze clock eez teecking’.”

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[ Sources: EU Parliament | EU Commission ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Thur 13 Feb 2020

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