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US News Great Britain: Boris Johnson threatens hard Brexit

21:15  16 october  2020
21:15  16 october  2020 Source:   handelsblatt.com

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The British Prime Minister accuses the EU of not seriously negotiating a trade deal. Brussels must fundamentally change its approach to negotiations.

Ende des Jahres läuft die Übergangszeit aus, in der Großbritannien noch EU-Regeln anwendet. © AFP At the end of the year, the transition period will expire, during which Great Britain still applies EU rules.

In the Brexit dispute, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson , according to , expects a hard break without a contract with the European Union on January 1st. The EU obviously has no interest in a free trade agreement desired by Great Britain , such as with Canada, said Johnson on Friday in London. Accordingly, one now expects a relationship like that with Australia, i.e. without a contract.

Brexit. Michel Barnier expects more “weeks” of negotiations

 Brexit. Michel Barnier expects more “weeks” of negotiations © PAUL FAITH / AFP Michel Barnier during a press conference in Dublin, January 27, 2020. The European negotiator for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union announced that it was ready on Tuesday to continue negotiations beyond October 15, the deadline set by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Nonetheless, Johnson left a back door open to continue negotiating a trade pact with the EU. To do this, however, the EU must change its stance, said the prime minister in a televised statement.

There can only be an agreement if you change your stance "fundamentally", he said on Friday. EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen replied that the confederation was still aiming for a Brexit connection deal - "but not at any price." The currency fell 0.4 percent to 1.2861 dollars or 1.0974 euros.

Johnson had actually asked for an agreement by the EU summit on October 15, which did not succeed. Then Johnson considered breaking off the negotiations. However, he did not announce a crystal clear decision, but announced the preparation for a break without a deal.

Economic dispute: EU does not yet give up Brexit trade pact - Johnson threatens

 Economic dispute: EU does not yet give up Brexit trade pact - Johnson threatens In the dispute over a Brexit trade pact, the European Union wants to ignore a deadline set by Great Britain for an agreement and continue to negotiate intensively in the next few weeks. This emerges from a draft of the final document for the EU summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels. © dpa In the dispute over the Brexit trade pact between the EU and Great Britain The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, however, remains open to breaking off the talks.

The EU, on the other hand, offered Johnson further intensified negotiations for the next two to three weeks with the aim of reaching an agreement by the end of October or beginning of November. At the same time, the EU summit demanded concessions from London, to which the British government reacted disappointed.

The negotiations are about a comprehensive trade agreement from 2021. Great Britain left the international community at the end of January, but is still a member of the EU internal market and the customs union during a transition period until the end of the year.

The latest point of contention: Internal Market Act

Only then does the economic breach come. Without a contract, there is a risk of tariffs and high trade barriers. The economy on both sides warned of major upheavals. Losses can already be felt.

In the negotiations that have been going on for months, there has been almost no movement for a long time. From the beginning, the main points of contention were the access of EU fishermen to British waters and the demand of the international community for equal competitive conditions for the economy, i.e. equal environmental, social and subsidy standards. In return, Great Britain should be able to deliver goods to the EU internal market without customs duties and quantity restrictions.

Third important point for the EU are rules for arbitration in the event that one side violates the agreement. This has recently come to the fore because a British law is supposed to nullify parts of the already valid EU exit treaty. This concerns special rules for the British part of Northern Ireland. Brussels reacted indignantly to the so-called internal market law.

The British voters in 2016 voted with a narrow majority in favor of leaving the EU. Johnson won the general election in 2019, among other things, with the announcement that Brexit would actually be carried out.

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