The EU could deploy a carbon border tax against the UK after Brexit, according to the head of the European Parliament’s environment committee, if Westminster diverges from bloc rules on issues like carbon markets.
French MEP Pascal Canfin told reporters that the EU “should be tough” and “shouldn’t be afraid of an economic no-deal”, as the next round of Brexit-based negotiations loom on the horizon.
The talks will determine what sort of relationship the UK and EU will have after the transition period ends on 31 December and Canfin made clear that divergence from bloc rules will make trade relations more difficult, according to Euractiv.com.
“Talks haven’t started on the right path, with the UK government saying it wants full [single market]access but also divergence. To me that is like the EU asking for full alignment but with quotas,” the lawmaker warned.