Despite another deadline, negotiations continue between the European Union and the United Kingdom. The chief EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Monday that an agreement was still possible.
Yesterday, Sunday, the last deadline for negotiations on the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom expired.
However, after talks between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at lunchtime on Sunday, it was announced that negotiations would continue.
“Despite exhaustion after nearly a year of negotiations, and despite the fact that the deadlines passed over and over again, we consider them responsible for making another effort in this situation,” she said in a joint statement.
No new deadline has been set, but since then, last December has been the last day for a deal to be reached. On 1 January 2021, the UK will leave the European Union entirely, with or without agreement.
At the same time, there are some signs of progress in the negotiations, or at least that they are “not moving backwards,” as one of the sources said. Financial times on Sunday.
– We are not close to a deal. An EU official said it was just a matter of making enough progress for them to consider it worthwhile to continue the talks. To the newspaper.
On Monday morning, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, will inform the ambassadors of the European Union member states and the European Parliament’s Brexit group, who must agree to a possible settlement.
We will give this agreement every opportunity, [att enas] It is still possible, Barnier said before Monday morning reviews the situation, According to Reuters.
According to Barnier, two important questions now remain. There are conditions for fair competition for companies and access to British waters for fishermen in the European Union.
The third crucial issue – how to resolve any future disputes between the European Union and the United Kingdom – is “limited progress”.