Anglo-Europe negotiations: Britain does not give in to the EU to avoid talks collapse
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked the EU to make “fundamental” changes in trade negotiations on the 16th.Otherwise, the British side is prepared to “leave the EU without a deal” at the end of the year.Ursula Vonderlein, President of the European Commission, responded later, saying,The EU hopes to reach an agreement with the UK,But “not at all costs.”
The leaders of EU countries held summits in Brussels on the 15th and 16th,The top priority on the agenda is the negotiations on the future relations between Europe and Britain.The European Union issued an announcement on the evening of the 15th,Call on the UK to take action,Push the negotiation forward.
Johnson responded strongly on the 16th, saying,Unless the EU changes course,Make “fundamental” changes,The UK is preparing for a “no-deal Brexit”.
An EU diplomat who did not want to be named told Reuters,Although Johnson is “stubborn”,But “he didn’t say he would leave the negotiating table,I didn’t say anything,So they (the British side) will continue the talks”.
The diplomat disclosed,The EU’s “Brexit” negotiating team is “packing”,Ready to go to London next week to spend a “tensile week”.
When Reuters asked another EU diplomat’s opinion,The other party responded,”Many EU leaders also said the same thing in the debate last night (not to talk about it)”,Implied “can’t take Johnson’s words seriously”.
While Johnson said harshly,British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab sent a positive signal.He said,The differences between the United Kingdom and the European Union have been quite small.
Rab said,The differences between the two sides are currently only in the areas of fisheries and fair competition.”The agreement has not been negotiated yet,Both parties need to show flexibility,Now the EU seems to have a shortcoming of flexibility.”
European Commission President Von der Lein responded on Twitter, saying,The EU is willing to continue talking,But not at all costs.She confirmed,The EU negotiating team will go to London next week to continue the talks.
Michel Barnier, chief representative of the EU’s “Brexit” negotiations, said:After talking in London,The two sides will continue their talks in Brussels.However, the British side has not yet announced whether to agree to this timetable.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again became a “peacemaker”,Persuade the UK and the EU to make concessions.She said: “We ask Britain to make concessions,This means we also have to make concessions.”
The 15th was originally the deadline set by Johnson for trade negotiations between Britain and Europe.Britain officially “Brexit” on January 31 this year,Then entered a transitional period of 11 months.If there is no agreement between Britain and Europe during the transition period,Both parties will return to the framework of the World Trade Organization,Re-implement border inspections and customs duties.
The UK and Europe have previously insisted that they would rather “talk about collapse” than go beyond their respective “red lines”.However, the two sides recently showed signs of concession.Experts say,Once Britain has a “no-deal Brexit”,Will bring serious shocks to the economy.(Wang Hongbin) (Special feature)