Brexit issue: Negotiations between UK and EU are still deadlocked when the deadline is about to end

European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen (right) at a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Brussels, Belgium on December 9, 2020. (Photo: THX / TTXVN)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen intends to conduct another emergency call on December 13 to decide whether to cancel the calls. trade negotiations post-Brexit period or not.

According to AFP news agency, the head of the British negotiating team, David Frost, on December 13, went to the EC headquarters in Brussels (Belgium) to meet with his EU counterpart Michel Barnier to decide whether to continue negotiations or accept the collapse. broken. Earlier, on 12/12, Mr. David Frost and Mr. Michel Barnier also had a meeting at EC headquarters but have not made progress, while the deadline for negotiations will end today 13 / twelfth.

Prime Minister Johnson stated “very, very likely” that the talks would fail. The British Government also confirmed that patrol boats of the Royal Navy were placed ready to protect the country’s fisheries.

Meanwhile, Ms. Ursula von der Leyen also informed the leaders of this alliance that there is little chance of reaching a trade deal with Britain for the post-period. Brexit. Both leaders, however, demanded their negotiators continue to work.

After officially leaving the EU on January 31 this year, the UK began a transition that will last until December 31 to discuss with the EU a new trade agreement for a relationship with an exchange rate. bilateral worth nearly 1,000 billion USD / year. Currently, the two sides still disagree on the three core contents of fishing rights, level playing field and dispute resolution.

In the latest draft issued on December 10, the EU wants the two sides to continue fishing in each other’s waters for 12 months, starting January 1, 2021, and maintain air and road services. sets, freight within 6 months also from the above term. However, the British side did not accept.

In case the UK and EU do not reach an agreement, the two sides will have to apply the provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in trade relations such as imposing tariffs and quotas./.

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