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Brexit Agreement. France will not "sacrifice" its fishermen in the negotiation
© AFP Clément Beaune, March 22, 2019 French fishermen will not be "the Brexit adjustment variable", the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, during a trip to the Netherlands. France will not sacrifice the interests of its fishermen in the negotiations to find an agreement with the British on the Brexit , declared Thursday October 8, 2020 the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune , during a visit to The Hague.
GB-UNION: Brexit: Johnson says he is preparing for a "no deal", the EU still wants to discuss
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LONDON / BRUSSELS (Reuters) - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it was time to prepare for an exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union without a negotiated agreement on their future relationship unless there is a radical change in the position of the bloc, which continues to want to discuss.
The day after declarations by European Council President Charles Michel affirming that it was up to London to make compromises to avoid a disorderly breakup on January 1, Boris Johnson estimated that the continuation of the negotiations planned for next week in London was now unnecessary.
Brexit: Boris Johnson urges the EU again for a trade deal
© Toby Melville / Pool Photo via AP British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London on October 12, 2020. Boris Johnson is due to meet this Wednesday with the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a new effort to unblock post-Brexit trade negotiations.
The UK officially left the EU on January 31 but remains subject to EU rules during a transition that runs until the end of the year, while the two parties agree on their future relationship and avoid the "leap into the void" of a brutal Brexit.
"Unless there is a fundamental change in approach, we are moving towards the Australian-style solution and we must do so with great confidence", said Boris Johnson, referring to relations between Australia and the EU, that are not backed by any extended bilateral free trade agreement.
Its spokesperson hit the nail on the head a few hours later by declaring that discussions between Brussels and London for a trade agreement on their future relations were over. He added that EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier was only due to visit London next week if the bloc's approach changed.
Post-Brexit Agreement. Boris Johnson will decide after EU summit
© EPA-EFE / JESSICA TAYLOR / UK PARLIAMENT Brexit is due to be discussed by EU leaders on Thursday, who are currently planning to see that "progress achieved ”in the talks“ are still not enough ”. Boris Johnson has announced that he will decide whether or not to continue post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union, depending on the "results" of a summit scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Brussels.
"The trade negotiations are over: the EU put an end to them de facto by saying that it did not want to change its negotiating position," he said.
The various announcements by the British government caused upward and downward fluctuations on the pound.
GREAT BRITAIN IS A FREE COUNTRY, JOHNSON SAYS
Asked if he now stands aside from the talks Boris Johnson said: "If there is a fundamental change in approach, of course, we are always ready to listen, but it did not sound particularly encouraging at the Brussels summit. "
"They (the Europeans) want to keep the ability to continue to control our legislative freedom, our fishing activities, in a way which is obviously unacceptable for an independent country", he added.
Video: Brexit: Boris Johnson demands a "fundamental change" from the EU to continue discussions (Le Figaro)
Before Boris Johnson's spokesperson only indicates the discussions on Brexit were over, the EU has said it intends to continue seeking an agreement, considering that the British Prime Minister's remarks are part of verbal rhetoric.
Post-Brexit negotiations enter a critical phase
© Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke by telephone the day before the Council European this Thursday (illustrative image). Boris Johnson and the two heads of the European Union met on Wednesday evening, before the summit of the Twenty-Seven scheduled for Thursday, October 15 and which should lead London to adopt its position on a possible agreement.
"The EU continues to work towards an agreement, but not at any cost," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
"As planned, our team will travel to London next week to intensify these negotiations," she added.
At the end of the summit, Emmanuel Macron let it be known that the member countries of the European Union had given the green light to continue discussions on Brexit for another two weeks.
"We are ready for an agreement, but not at any cost," warned the French president, however, adding that Britain needs an agreement more than the EU.
"The sovereign leaders of the Twenty-Seven are not intended to make the Prime Minister of Great Britain happy", warned Emmanuel Macron, who denied that fishing, a file on which France is in the front line, is the the only stumbling block in the discussions.
In addition to fishing, negotiations come up against the rules of free competition and governance issues, in particular dispute settlement mechanisms.
Boris Johnson has repeatedly stated that his preference is for a deal, but that his country could also get away without it, which would cast uncertainties on $ 900 billion (€ 768 billion) in annual bilateral transactions.
EU and Great Britain: Only Johnson can avert the embarrassment.
Failure of the Brexit negotiations would damage both parties enormously. The British Prime Minister in particular must have a keen interest in a trade deal. © REUTERS Where are you going? Boris Johnson has to decide whether to continue negotiating. Only Johnson can avert the embarrassment A popular souvenir from Great Britain are T-shirts or fridge magnets with the imprint "Keep calm and carry on", so: stay calm and just carry on.
"We are heading into very dangerous territory," warned Ian Wright, Managing Director of the Food and Beverage Federation. "In the event of a no-deal Brexit, consumers will pay - literally - a heavy price," he warned.
According to Boris Johnson, the discussions with Brussels show that the bloc is not even ready to offer London a deal similar to that concluded with Canada.
"It seems curious that after 45 years of membership they can offer Canada terms that they will not give us."
EU officials explain their reluctance to a deal similar to Canada's by the fact that Britain is the world's sixth-largest economy and is geographically close to Europe, which represents much more competition.
The Twenty-Seven, whose combined economies weigh some 15.7 trillion euros compared to just over 2.5 trillion for the United Kingdom, note that progress has been made in recent months although a compromise remains necessary.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country is the rotating president of the EU and is also the continent's leading power, has expressed her preference for an agreement but warned that if not, alternatives should be provided.
"We have seen the light in recent days, but also shadows," she said after the Brussels summit.
(With Michael Holden and Kate Holton in London, Gabriela Baczynska and John Chalmers in Brussels, Kirsti Knolle in Berlin and Michel Rose in Paris; French version Claude Chendjou, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)
London wants to continue negotiations on Brexit .
The British government has agreed to continue the deadlocked talks on future relations with the EU after Brexit. Negotiations would resume on Thursday in London, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday. There are still "considerable" differences in the "most difficult areas", but the government is ready to examine whether these can be bridged. © JESSICA TAYLOR The British government has agreed to continue the deadlocked talks on future relations with the EU after Brexit.