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Its politicians and eurocrats want to make an example of Britain and hamstring its ability to cut red tape in order to detract from the growing number of problems faced by Brussels, German Gunnar Beck added. As Boris Johnson accelerates efforts to strip back EU laws, Mr Beck said there will always be figures in Brussels wanting to use the level playing in the Brexit trade deal to “punish” Britain. He told Express.co.uk: “The EU is still very resentful. Amongst the real hard-liners, the mood at present is that God should punish Britain, and if not God, then we do.”
Downing Street can expect to be on the end of some “unpleasant” abuse as MEPs prepare to rubber-stamp the deal next month, the German said.
He warned France and Germany would be at the centre of any attempts to strip Britain of its quota- and tariff-free trade with the bloc.
He said: “In Germany, they do not believe Britain could be performing better. But, if suddenly the signs were there, Berlin would simply say it’s unfair and the French would also obviously say it’s unfair what the UK is doing.”
But Mr Beck predicted these views will subside over time as Britain and Brussels adopt a more distant relationship.
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He said: “There’s always been a bit of this sentiment in relation to Britain.
“The EU will have plenty of problems of her own and unless the UK is somehow implicated in those I would expect that this kind of resentment, over the UK’s departure and some of the more explosive issues in the final stages of the agreement, is likely to subside over time – except with those who have always held these views.”
Mr Beck insisted that attempts to pin the blame on Britain for the bloc’s misfortunes would be a “double-edged sword” leading to a rise in support for eurosceptic movements.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s Brexit chief, last week hinted Britain could fall foul of the level playing field rules by ignoring a Brussels ban on pesticides.
He said: “One ought to be careful otherwise there will be consequences in terms of going on exporting without tariff, without quota to our market.”
“Pesticides concern public health, the health of farmers, farm workers and consumers.
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“Depending on where you set the threshold in that area it can also have an impact on competition and competitiveness.”
Mr Barnier warned Brussels will be “vigilant on all fronts” in policing Britain’s standards.
And he warned the bloc would snub any renegotiation to paper over cracks in the future relationship pact because Brexit must have “consequences”.
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Downing Street is said to be carrying out a bonfire of EU laws from Britain’s statute book, which Brussels is expected to keep a close eye on.
It was suggested that that employment regulations enshrined in EU law could be stripped back as part of the reform.
No10 also wants to dramatically reduce red tape to end the post-Brexit hangover for businesses and allow them to start generating more cash.
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