Michel Barnier has said he is "strongly opposed" to the prime minister's checks on future trade, as he advised European car manufacturers to give them British-made parts after Brexit.
In his most damning Condemnation of the UK's government's plans, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator said: "Instead, in an intervention that will concern the 1
The former French minister added that in order for EU carmakers to enjoy low tariffs on their exports around the world, they would need to shun British manufacturers.
"Outside of the internal market and the customs union, this in volves customs formalities and controls that hinder 'just in time' production, "Barnier said. "In order for EU carmakers to benefit from the tariff benefits of the EU-Korea agreement (pdf), only a certain proportion of the services may be provided in a car in a third country. Businesses have to be careful not to use too many parts of Britain in their vehicles in the future. "
Brussels has, until now, raised questions, in public and private, about the UK government's vision on trade after Brexit, but
But the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper during a visit to Germany, Barnier did not hold back.
The European commission official said there were overlapping interests in the fields of security and foreign policy , In response to the 100 pages of the UK's white paper, the EU offer on the future trade deal would probably only come to "15 to 20 pages" due to a lack of common ground on the economic relationship, he suggested.
I am often accused in the United Kingdom of being dogmatic, "Barnier told the newspaper. "In fact, I only fulfill our fundamental interests."
Under the Checkers deal there would be a "free trade area for goods", under which the UK would in effect retain existing regulatory and customs arrangements .
In order to avoid border checks, Britain is seeking a "facilitated customs arrangement".
May's de facto.
May the UK have their own rights to pay special charges Deputy Prime Minister, David Lidington, recently said the checks would both protect the British and European economies from damage, and is the only alternative to a no-deal scenario.
However, Barnier has seemingly ruled out any such arrangement,