US News Post-Brexit agreement: after the storm, return to discussions

10:20  28 september  2020
10:20  28 september  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Pressed for time and despite a confidence shaken by the British turnaround on the Brexit treaty, the United Kingdom and the EU resumed dialogue on Monday, with the hope that an agreement on their future trade relationship remains possible.

The week begins at midday with a meeting in Brussels between the Vice-President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, and the British Secretary of State, Michael Gove.

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At the heart of these discussions, the very controversial bill under consideration in the British Parliament, which calls into question some commitments made by the United Kingdom in the agreement governing its departure from the EU on January 31.

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The text reviews certain customs and public aid provisions for the British province of Northern Ireland, planned to avoid the return of a border with the Republic of Ireland , an essential safeguard for the maintenance of peace on the island.

Furious at this turnaround, which, by the British government's own admission, would violate international law, the Europeans gave London until the end of the month to withdraw their project, on pain of legal action.

- "Great difficulty" -

The negotiators must then get into the heart of the matter on Tuesday: a new round of discussions on their future relationship, the ninth since March and the last for the moment on the agenda.

From corroborating sources, no breakthrough is expected during this week of discussions in the Belgian capital.

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Comprehensive trade agreements are typically negotiated over the course of many years, not months, and experts say the best the United Kingdom can hope for this year is a deal with Europe that keeps tariffs at bay but leads to new administrative and regulatory barriers on exports of goods and services.

The draft Brexit agreement has prompted several resignations in Theresa May's government and many negative assessments across the UK. The draft document, published late on Wednesday, envisions the post - Brexit transition period set to last until the end of 2020.

But "the way to an agreement will have to be identified", insists a European diplomat. “If we have no movement, the process will be in great difficulty,” he warns.

And the specter of a "no deal", which would shake a little more economies already weakened by the epidemic of coronavirus, would come to haunt the spirits again.

Discussions are due to end on Friday, just as EU heads of state and government will meet in Brussels for a two-day summit, which will begin on Thursday.

They are taking place within a particularly tight schedule: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has left the negotiators until October 15, the date of a European summit in Brussels, to reach an agreement. The Europeans believe that a trade agreement must be concluded before the end of October.

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The objective is to allow the necessary time for a ratification of the text for it to enter into force on January 1, 2021 , when the transition period during which the United Kingdom continues to apply European standards will have ended.

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A UK Department of Transport spokesperson said Tuesday that "our discussions with the US about a new UK-US air service agreement have been Both sides want to conclude these discussions soon." The department added that "all parties have a shared interest in ensuring that existing rights will

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- "Very relaxed" -

But the talks are still stumbling over several "sensitive subjects" on which the two parties remain "still very distant from each other", according to another EU diplomat.

Among them, the perennial question of the guarantees required by the EU in fiscal, social, environmental and above all State aid, to avoid seeing the emergence on the other side of the Channel of a deregulated economy, which would compete unfairly.

An agreement on fishing, allowing Europeans to continue fishing in British waters, which are full of fish, also remains to be found - even if London presented an attempted compromise in the previous round.

Finally, the "governance" of the future agreement, in particular the way in which London and Brussels will be brought to resolve their future trade disputes (and the place of the Court of Justice of the EU in this process), continues to pose a problem.

The British bill has seriously scalded the member states, who intend to tie up an agreement as solid as possible, as an insurance against any future attempt to turn around.

"The intention is to border the text legally. Not sure that the British are ready for that", explains a European source.

"They are very relaxed about reinterpreting provisions they don't like, or even violating them," she continues. "You are dealing with a partner that you cannot trust."

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