EU and British negotiators have made progress in post-Brexit commerce deal talks, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned on Wednesday, however officers are reported to be much less optimistic.
Von der Leyen mentioned headway had been made at talks in Brussels in the direction of agreeing on truthful commerce guidelines. The EU can now see a “slender path to an settlement,” she informed the European Parliament.
The subsequent days are going to be decisive. The excellent news is that we have now discovered a means ahead on most points.
The matter of state assist to companies and the way the commerce deal will likely be ruled “by now are largely being resolved,” she famous. “However that is now a case of us being so shut, and but being so distant from one another, as a result of two points nonetheless stay excellent…a stage enjoying area and the fisheries.”
The fisheries dialogue could be very tough, she admitted, saying: “We don’t query the UK sovereignty by itself waters, however we requested for predictability and stability.”
Britain needs to renew full management over entry to its waters when it leaves the EU single market on the yr finish, whereas the EU insists it ought to protect its quotas.
London has up to now supplied decreased entry and annual quota renegotiations, and von der Leyen famous pessimistically that “in all honesty, I typically really feel that we won’t be able to resolve this query.”
Her tempered evaluation of the progress was echoed by a UK official who was quoted by Reuters on Wednesday saying “we’ve made some progress, however we’re nonetheless very far aside in key areas.”
An EU official mentioned that “the primary drawback is fish,” as the 2 sides are “nonetheless an ocean aside.”
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