The European Union and the United Kingdom will continue to negotiate a possible trade agreement in the coming days. On Sunday, a “firm decision” must be taken whether there is any point in continuing, the British government announced on Wednesday after the working dinner of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
Von der Leyen says on Twitter that the positions of the United Kingdom and the EU still differ. Both sides will meet “immediately to try to resolve these issues. We will reach a decision by the end of the weekend,” said the European President.
We had a lively & interesting discussion on the state of play on outstanding issues. We understand each other’s positions. They remain far apart. The teams should immediately reconvene to try to resolve these issues. We will come to a decision by the end of the weekend.
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The negotiations have been stuck on three main points for weeks: access for EU fishermen to British waters, a level playing field for British and European companies and the supervision of the agreements made. Frost and his Brussels counterpart Michel Barnier have listed exactly where the problems lie, so that solutions can be sought at the highest political level.
After December 31, the transition period in which the British will continue to follow EU rules since their departure from the EU on February 1, 2020 will end.