Number 10 claims Barnier’s a real jerk, digital strategy raises a wry smirk and leaders work on multiannual financial framework
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On Monday, in a speech in Brussels, Boris Johnson’s EU adviser David Frost said that Britain will not accept EU supervision of so-called level playing field in any new relationship with the EU after Brexit
In a speech in Brussels due to start around now, Johnson's EU adviser David Frost will say that Britain will not accept EU supervision of so-called level playing field guarantees of fair competition in any new relationship with the EU after Brexit
— Kylie MacLellan (@kyliemaclellan) February 17, 2020
According to Frost: “we are clear that we want the Canada-free trade agreement type relationship, which the EU has so often said is on offer.” But the problem, reported Jennifer Rankin, is that the EU isn’t really offering it and the UK isn’t really asking for it.
David Frost's speech: "we are clear that we want the Canada-free trade agreement type relationship, which the EU has so often said is on offer."
But there is a problem with Canada (in a Brexit sense). The EU isn’t really offering it and the UK isn’t really asking for it. pic.twitter.com/II1p4n1SSh
— Jennifer Rankin (@JenniferMerode) February 18, 2020
EU negotiator Michel Barnier explained the UK cannot expect to have a deal like Canada without a level playing field because it is uniquely, geographically, close to the EU.
— Georg von Harrach (@georgvh) February 18, 2020
And the whole thing degenerated into Slide Wars.
Number 10 showed this from 2017 asking “what’s changed?”
In 2017 the EU showed on their own slide that a Canada type FTA was the only available relationship for the UK. Now they say it’s not on offer after all. @MichelBarnier what’s changed? pic.twitter.com/ve8zeAqbSZ
— No.10 Press Office (@Number10press) February 18, 2020
And Barnier’s team tweeted this.
It's SLIDE WARS! Michel Barnier's team has created this new slide in response to David Frost's speech on Monday and the argument in the No 10 tweet below. It shows the value of trade to distance ratio of the EU's trade with the UK compared to countries it currently has FTAs with. https://t.co/WrIGQhGAoS pic.twitter.com/0eCZtAprEJ
— Nick Gutteridge (@nick_gutteridge) February 19, 2020
Spoof account Martini Seltzermayr reckoned Britain had just discovered the Barnier staircase
Britain discovers the Barnier staircase: LIVE FOOTAGE pic.twitter.com/3KmeNLKZtq
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) February 19, 2020
And Ryan Heath’s sage advice on Brexit? “Just ignore everything for the next couple of weeks.”
My advice on Brexit: just ignore everything for the next couple of weeks
— Ryan Heath (@PoliticoRyan) February 18, 2020
Easy to say if you’re not in Brussels!
On Wednesdays the European Commission published its much-leaked AI and Data strategy
— Sam Morgan (@SamJamesMorgan) February 19, 2020
Thanks Sam, if only it were that Data.
Rather it was close to 100 pages of buzzwords.
Berlaymonster summarised it best: A Europe of data. A data of Europe. Agile. Harnessing opportunity. With citizens at the heart of it. And innovation. Innovation at the heart of it too. Promoting excellence and trust. Together. Or something.
VDL's EU digital future thingy, summarised:
A Europe of data. A data of Europe. Agile. Harnessing opportunity. With citizens at the heart of it. And innovation. Innovation at the heart of it too. Promoting excellence and trust. Together. Or something.
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) February 19, 2020
Also hashtag AI, hashtag digitalEU added Kristina Kardum
Also hashtag AI, hashtag digitalEU 🔮 buzz buzz https://t.co/BFbw90WWxt
— Kristina Kardum (@kristina_ka) February 19, 2020
And Lewis Crofts unveiled this key quote from the White Paper:
.@EU_Commission announces data strategy.
Key quote from the White Paper:
— Lewis Crofts (@lewis_crofts) February 19, 2020
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Finally this week, EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to thrash out the next multiannual financial framework – that’s the seven-year budget to you and me!
Gert Jan Koopman was wondering how many shirts to prepare for the Council Summit.
— Gert Jan Koopman (@GertJanEU) February 20, 2020
As it isn’t unusual for the budget negotiations to go on for a very long time, after all we’re talking about €1 trillion here explained Dave Keating.
What’s unusual this year is that the new Council President, Charles Michel, is staking his reputation on trying to get an agreement early.
It isn't unusual for the EU's 7-year-budget negotiations to go on a very long time, after all we're talking about €1 trillion here.
— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) February 20, 2020
He even invested in this bizarre MFF delivered by drones video!
My proposal for our next EU27 budget is now off to all member states.
With common sense and determination we can strike a deal that will benefit all Europeans.
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) February 15, 2020
Diego Velazquez pictured Michel as Dominic Cummings wanting to
“GET BUDGET DONE”
Of course several tweeters tried to inject some drama to the, let’s face it, pretty dull affair by comparing it to cinema blockbusters like this:
— Sebastiano Putoto (@agitpops) February 20, 2020
— Émilie Vanderhulst 🇪🇺🇧🇪 (@BirdingBrussels) February 20, 2020
While Berlaymonster would just like the whole thing narrated by Morgan Freeman.
"There is a mysterious ritual nearly as old as the EU itself. Every seven years, EU leaders embark on a nearly impossible journey to find a budgetary compromise. Some will ask for more. Some for less. Neither will win."
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) February 20, 2020
We asked you last week to send us your suggestions for the funniest tweet of the week and with a landslide it was this unintentionally hilarious Brexiteer complaining about Brexit one. Oh Colin, but it’s a classic of the genre!
Absolutely disgusting service at Schiphol airport. 55 minutes we have been stood in the immigration queue. This isn’t the Brexit I voted for. pic.twitter.com/QcSne9d4qW
— Colin Browning (@ColinBrowning14) February 13, 2020
Do send in your suggestions for next week using the hashtag #EuTweets.