A European Union (EU) diplomat has taunted Britain, claiming the country will become a “regulatory protectorate of Brussels” if Theresa May’s plan to align rules and regulations after Brexit goes ahead.
Theresa May earlier this week considered keeping Northern Ireland subject to many of the EU’s rules, regulations, and standards to effectively keep the Province in the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union, in exchange for keeping the border with the Irish Republic open.
Brexit secretary David Davis subsequently claimed in the House of Commons that “regulatory alignment” with the EU is what the May government wants for the whole of the United Kingdom after Brexit.
Referring to Mr. Davis’s latest plan, an EU official told The Guardian’s Brussels bureau chief Daniel Boffey:
Speaking in the House of Commons, he told MPs: “Alignment isn’t harmonisation, it isn’t having exactly the same rules, it’s sometimes having mutually recognised rules, mutually recognised inspections, that sort of thing.