A no-deal Brexit is now the likeliest consequence from commerce talks between Britain and the European Union, PM Boris Johnson mentioned on Friday, and prime EU officers are reported to have the identical view because the Sunday deadline looms.
Britain nonetheless has “groups” in Brussels negotiating the post-Brexit commerce settlement, Johnson mentioned throughout a go to to Blyth in Northumberland. “And if there’s a large provide, a giant change in what they’re saying, then I have to say that I’ve but to see it,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, he defined that two key unresolved issues stay within the talks. One is a “sort of ratchet clause” to maintain the UK “locked in to no matter they wish to do by way of laws,” and the opposite is “the entire concern of fish” because the UK needs “to take again management of our waters.”
“It’s trying very, very probably that we should go for an answer that I feel can be great for the UK, and we would be able to do precisely what we would like from January 1,” he mentioned, including that “it clearly can be totally different from what we would got down to obtain.”
Johnson met with European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday, and over a dinner, they instructed Brexit negotiators David Frost and Michel Barnier to attempt to break the Brexit deadlock till Sunday.
However von der Leyen additionally reportedly informed 27 leaders of EU member states on Friday that “the chance of a no deal is greater than of a deal.”
As a commerce deal remains to be within the works, giant strains of lorries are already seen at British ports, and Johnson’s spokesman needed to clarify on Friday that the queues weren’t attributable to the looming Brexit.
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