EU drops 'punishment clause' from Brexit transition proposals
Lucy Fisher, Senior Political Correspondent | Bruno Waterfield, Brussels
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A âpunishment clauseâ has been removed from proposals for the UKâs transition period after Brexit drawn up by the European Union, it has been reported.
Last week the European Commission published draft text which demanded that Theresa May acquiesce to powers allowing the EU to ground flights, suspend single market access and impose trade tariffs on the UK during the transition phase. It would have given the EU unprecedented legal powers to punish the UK if it breached the terms of the transition, without oversight by European courts.
The plan enraged Tory Brexiteers. Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative MP for North East Somerset and chairman of the European Research Group of backbenchers, heaped scorn on the âaggressive stanceâ adopted in Brussels.
However, the European Councilâs Brexit workingâ¦Source: Google News