So what did Boris sign last November?

June 8, 2020 1:27 PM
By Tony Clayton
Originally published by Liberal Democrats in Sevenoaks, Dartford and Gravesham

UK & EU flagsIf you wondered what all the fuss on ''level playing field" is about in the EU trade negotiations, here's what he actually signed:

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR OPEN AND FAIR COMPETITION

Given the Union and the United Kingdom's geographic proximity and economic interdependence, the future relationship must ensure open and fair competition, encompassing robust commitments to ensure a level playing field. The precise nature of commitments should be commensurate with the scope and depth of the future relationship and the economic connectedness of the Parties. These commitments should prevent distortions of trade and unfair competitive advantages. To that end, the Parties should uphold the common high standards applicable in the Union and the United Kingdom at the end of the transition period in the areas of state aid, competition, social and employment standards, environment, climate change, and relevant tax matters. The Parties should in particular maintain a robust and comprehensive framework for competition and state aid control that prevents undue distortion of trade and competition; commit to the principles of good governance in the area of taxation and to the curbing of harmful tax practices; and maintain environmental, social and employment standards at the current high levels provided by the existing common standards.

Did he read it?