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World Brexit Talks Are Tricky But Should End Soon, Von Der Leyen Says

14:30  01 december  2020
14:30  01 december  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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(Bloomberg) -- Trade talks between the U.K. and European Union are “so tricky and so difficult” but there could be a positive outcome in the next few days, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

Ursula Von Der Leyen © Photographer: OLIVIER HOSLET/AFP Ursula Von Der Leyen

With face-to-face talks continuing in London, the German head of the bloc’s executive said on Tuesday there are still important questions to resolve around the so-called level playing field, a set of rules designed to ensure fair competition between businesses.

“At the moment being, we’re discussing how we replicate the control of the level playing field, be it state aid, be it norms -- environmental norms or labor norms, for example,” she told an online conference. “How we replicate that on both sides so that we can be clear there’s no regression from what we’ve achieved, and there is fairness over time.”

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Von der Leyen said that’s optimistic. How Britain and the EU Would Trade Under WTO Rules: QuickTake. In a separate interview with Italy’s la Repubblica newspaper published Friday, von der Leyen said that the EU will revise its antitrust rules to promote European competitors in certain “more

The negotiations, which have been going on since March, are now in their final days, with both sides’ parliaments needing time to ratify any agreement before the U.K. leaves the EU’s single market on Dec. 31. An accord would establish tariff and quota-free trade in goods and cooperation in areas such as security and transport.

The U.K., which doesn’t recognize the level playing field term, has rejected any idea that it signs up to EU standards without full control over how its own rules develop or change. The two sides are trying to find a solution that satisfies both.

“We’ll See”

Negotiators are also wrangling over access to British fishing waters. The U.K. is holding out for a better deal on how it controls its fish stocks, something it sees as a matter of sovereignty. An agreement on the issue is a precondition for an overarching accord.

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Von der Leyen said she was “surprised” to hear Johnson talk about the “Australian model”, his description of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms that would kick in should there be no UK-EU trade deal when the transition period expires at the end of the year. “If this is the British choice, we

“We’ll see how the next days will go,” von der Leyen said. “I’m very clear again that we want an agreement, but not at any price, so we are well prepared for for both scenarios, and we will see in the next days how things turn out.”

The sense of optimism has been shared by other figures in the past few days. Ireland’s prime minister, Micheal Martin, told the Irish Times that “there’s a landing zone for an agreement” and that he is hopeful of an agreement by the end of the week.

On Monday, French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said he hoped to see an agreement “in the next few days” while on Sunday, U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he believed there is “a deal to be done” in coming days.

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