The European Union and Britain nonetheless have an opportunity of getting a post-Brexit commerce settlement however it’s tough to come back to phrases on fisheries, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned.
Brussels and London want a deal to control commerce points after Britain leaves the EU subsequent yr, however it’s proving more and more tough as time to do it’s working low.
“Now we have little or no time remaining, only a few hours to work by way of these negotiations… if we would like this settlement to enter into power on the primary of January,” Barnier instructed the European Parliament in Brussels on Friday.
Throughout this “second of reality,” there’s a probability of getting a deal, he mentioned, however “the trail to such an settlement may be very slim.”
The day before today, he famous “good progress” within the ultimate stretch of talks, however tweeted that Brussels “will solely signal a deal defending EU pursuits [and] rules.”
On Friday, he confirmed that the EU won’t signal a deal that might undercut its single market, saying that fisheries is without doubt one of the most tough points. Barnier made it clear that if Britain squeezes European ships out of its waters, it might resolve the end result of the talks: “Now we have to be ready for all eventualities.”
British PM Boris Johnson warned European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday that the Brexit talks had been in a “severe scenario” and it now seemed very seemingly that an settlement wouldn’t be reached until the EU place modified considerably.
Senior British minister Michael Gove, nevertheless, hinted that talks would possibly proceed after Christmas.
Many worry financial chaos if no commerce deal is clinched, however not less than France’s freight port in Calais is able to keep away from queues of vans if customs formalities are completed correctly. “Brexit is just not synonymous with chaos,” Calais port chief Jean-Marc Puissesseau instructed Reuters.
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