It looks increasingly unlikely that the European Union and in the United Kingdom by the end of the year and reach an agreement on a trade deal, says EU toponderhandelaar, Michel Barnier on Thursday after a week of a new round of negotiations in London. The past week brought no breakthrough.
because of the lack of progress was called Barnier said it is "unlikely" that the parties would have to be the end of the year, an agreement from the knowing of them. "The time fast," warned the Frenchman.
at The press conference of mr Barnier seemed to be his message, a repetition of previous events. So, got the negotiator for the umpteenth time, to the British, who in the past weeks, according to him, "do not have the same willingness they showed during the negotiations. Furthermore, there was again no progress has been made on the most contentious issues: the level playing field, and the fishing industry, one of the fixed dialling numbers in these negotiations.
It's a level playing field has been around since the beginning of the negotiations, one of the biggest stumbling blocks. Brussels wants to prevent the British standards on, for example, milieuafspraken and employment policies to reduce, so as to be better able to compete with the european union. "The UK wants the standards to determine that, we will respect it, but it may be the UK's accounting standards you can use to get out of competing?", asked Barnier said out loud.
Also in the area of the fishery, the parties are still far apart from each other. In the UK, will the current regime, and fishing on the continent of europe, as much as possible out of the British waters of love. "That is acceptable," said mr Barnier., the British negotiator: Deal at the end of september as possible, " < / p> Barniers counterpart, David Frost, said that there were still "substantial differences", but added that there is a positive side to it, and said that in september and subsequently reached a settlement could be made. "We need to be that is designed to talk to each other," says Frost.
Frost had warned, nevertheless, to account for the possibility that no agreement will be concluded. "So, we need to continue to prepare for all possible scenarios of the end of the year," said Frost.
for example, If the two parties prior to the end of the year, not to agree, leaving the British without any agreements with the European Union and the single market. Trading will be a lot more expensive, because of the rules of the werelhandelsorganisatie (world trade organisation) will automatically be set up with tariffs on many products, as a result of it. For this reason, a so-called " no-deal is also seen as the economic order.