Corona aid approved, climate goals tightened after a long battle. Now the EU summit is about Brexit. Ursula von der Leyen, head of the Commission, is quite pessimistic.
Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission, now sees a Brexit trade pact with Great Britain as less likely than a “no deal” at the turn of the year. According to a diplomat, von der Leyen informed the heads of state or government of the EU on Friday during the EU summit in Brussels. The head of the committee did not say how likely it was to reach an agreement.
Von der Leyen met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday evening to discuss the crisis, but no progress was made. Both sides have set a final deadline for the negotiations to Sunday. Johnson warned Thursday that there is now “a great chance” of a “no deal”. Great Britain will leave the EU internal market and the customs union at the end of this year. Without a treaty there is a risk of tariffs and major trade barriers.