Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen both hardly believe there will be a Brexit agreement. Not so the British Culture Minister: he remains optimistic. All information in the news blog.
It will be tight: Britain and the European Union could agree on an agreement for the British to leave the EU on Sunday evening. However, hopes are noticeably diminishing: despite having dinner together on Wednesday, both European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have spoken out pessimistic – both no longer believe in a deal. The bottlenecks have not changed for months: fishing, fair competition and the question of how agreements are legally enforced in a dispute.
The British minister remains optimistic
After British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s skeptical words about a Brexit trade pact with the EU, the London government is now rooting a bit back. He agrees with the head of government that the negotiations are likely to fail. But there is “considerable possibility that we can close this deal,” Culture and Media Secretary Oliver Dowden told Sky News on Friday. “We did almost 90 percent of the ride.” A trade deal is the best solution for both the EU and the UK, but not at any cost.
Johnson had said Thursday night, “I think we need to be very, very clear that now there is a high chance – a high probability – that we will have a solution that is more in line with Australia’s relationship with the EU than the Canadian. Everyone should now prepare for “the Australian option,” that is, trade without a deal, with tariffs under World Trade Organization rules.
Norway threatens the EU and Great Britain
If talks fail after Brexit, Norway threatens to close its waters to EU and UK fishermen on January 1. The necessary agreements on fishing rights between the three parties off the coast of non-EU member Norway next year following Britain’s exit from the EU would have been seriously delayed due to faltering negotiations between Brussels and London, the Norwegian minister of Fishery Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen. on Friday in front of the parliament in Oslo. If there is no agreement on fishing by the end of the year, Norway will close its waters to UK and EU boats.
The EU and Norway have regulated fishing in their respective waters since 1980 with an agreement. This gives fishermen from EU countries access to the Norwegian sea – and vice versa. Due to Brexit, contracts between Brussels, London and Oslo had to be renegotiated. Norway and Great Britain agreed on a follow-up agreement in September. So the government in Oslo now sees the EU’s turn.
Von der Leyen prepares heads of state for “No Deal”
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Johnson hands over the queen due to Brexit
The British Prime Minister and Queen traditionally meet for Christmas. But this year, Johnson can postpone the meeting at short notice. Read more here.
Johnson puts the British on the failure of the talks
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