British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have instructed the two sides to resume trade talks in a final effort to resolve differences.
|Trade negotiations between the UK and the EU have been prolonged due to the unresolved major disagreements between the two sides. Photo: AFP|
The two sides decided to resume negotiations after the deadlock in resolving three of the most difficult issues on December 4. However, the two sides believe that there is still hope to secure an adjusted trade agreement with a trade scale of nearly $ 1 trillion per year.
It is not clear whether either side is willing to change to make a breakthrough in negotiations as well as bilateral trade relations since the UK left the EU on January 31 and entered a period of transition. long to the end of the year.
In a joint statement recently, the two leaders of the UK and the EU said that although there are serious differences, “we agree that our negotiating groups need to work harder to assess whether whether the problem (difference) can be solved “.
“No deal is possible if the problems are not resolved,” the two leaders said on December 5. “We therefore instruct the main negotiators to rally on December 6 in Brussels. We will renegotiate on the evening of December 7.”
After months of negotiations, there has been hardly any movement in resolving disagreements between the two sides on three major issues, including fisheries, ensuring fair competition, and resolving disputes in the future.
The talks will return to the milestone where the two sides stopped, two EU officials said. One of the officials rated the suspension and then resumed negotiations between the two sides like a play.