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World EU chief warns Brexit deal must not hurt single market

15:41  25 november  2020
15:41  25 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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In a downbeat assessment of progress in post-Brexit trade talks, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen warned on Wednesday that any deal must not undermine the EU single market.

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"We will do all in our power to reach an agreement, we're ready to be creative," she told the European Parliament, warning that Britain must agree to fair trade rules.

"But we are not ready to put into question the integrity of the single market, the main safeguard for European prosperity and wealth."

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Von der Leyen, head of the European Commission, repeated Brussels' warning that Britain would not enjoy the benefits of EU membership from the outside: "There will be a clear difference between being a full member of the Union, and being just a valued partner."

She acknowledged MEPs' frustration that time was running out for them to debate and ratify any trade deal before Britain leaves the single market on January 1.

But she warned that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's tactics had shown the need for clear rules.

"We want to know what remedies are available in case one side will deviate in the future because trust is good, but law is better," she said.

"Crucially, in the light of recent experience, a strong governance system is essential to ensure that what has been agreed is actually agreed."

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Europe must maintain the integrity of the single market and its four freedoms: goods, capital, services, and labour. Access to the single market requires the acceptance of all four single market freedoms. "The UK will remain a very important partner for us, but we need a fair deal for both sides respecting

London has been resisting signing up to the EU's vision of a post-Brexit "level playing field", with trade penalties if either side diverges from agreed standards.

Johnson has also introduced a draft law to govern the UK internal market that his own government admits would breach promises made in Britain's EU withdrawal treaty.

This has undermined Brussels' trust in Britain, and talks have now blown past several unofficial deadlines, leaving only a narrow window for agreement before the end of the year.


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European Commission vice-president Maros Sefkovic said he hoped to hold a meeting with British minister Michael Gove and their joint committee on implementing the withdrawal deal in the coming days.

Brussels is keen to see movement from London in implementing border controls between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which will remain in the EU single market despite being a part of the UK.

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"I really would like to use it for a decisive solution for the issues, especially the proper implementation of the protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland," he said.

- Coming days decisive -

If a deal cannot be signed and ratified by December 31, cross-Channel trade will face a tariff barrier and businesses on both sides -- but especially, experts agree, in Britain -- will suffer.

Von der Leyen paid tribute to her chief negotiator Michel Barnier, who on Thursday is due to come out of isolation imposed after a member of his team contracted the coronavirus.

He is then due to return to London to resume face-to-face negotiations with his British opposite number, David Frost. Talks have been continuing by video link.

The main areas of disagreement remain fishing rights, the level-playing field and the powers of the overall governance mechanism of the eventual accord.

In Westminster, Johnson told the UK parliament: "Our position on fish hasn't changed, we'll only be able to make progress if the EU accepts the reality that we must be able to control access to our waters."

But in Brussels, the EU parliament is determined not to be bumped into last minute concessions.

"We cannot just simply agree to anything that comes up in the last minute. This Parliament needs time for scrutiny," said German MEP Ska Keller, a leading member of the Greens group.

Von der Leyen re-stated the EU position -- but in sterner than usual terms -- reflecting the mounting concern among her parliamentary audience that time has run out.

"No one questions the UK's sovereignty in its own waters. But we ask for predictability and guarantees for fishermen and fisherwomen, who have been sailing in these waters for decades, if not centuries," she said.

"Honourable members, as I said, the next days are going to be decisive. The European Union is well prepared for a no deal scenario. But of course we prefer to have an agreement."

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Fishing rights top of the menu as Brexit talks continue .
Last-ditch Brexit trade talks continued in London on Sunday with fishing rights remaining an "outstanding major bone of contention," according to British foreign minister Dominic Raab. European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters that "work continues, even on a Sunday," as he arrived for the second day of talks. Barnier had arrived in London on Friday following a spell in self-isolation after a member of his team contracted coronavirus and ahead of the resumption of talks with British counterpart David Frost on Saturday.

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