By the end of the year, a Brexit agreement between the EU and Great Britain on future relations should be signed and sealed. Given the time frame, it will be tight.
Brussels (dpa) – Five weeks before Britain leaves the European single market, a Brexit trade pact is still not certain from the point of view of Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission.
“I still cannot tell you today whether an agreement will eventually be reached,” von der Leyen said in the European Parliament. The next few days would be decisive.
Von der Leyen reiterated the main points of contention that had been discussed for months: a level playing field, fishing rights and tools to punish violations of the planned agreement. There are still very serious differences.
“With very little time left, we will do everything we can to reach an agreement,” said von der Leyen. “We are ready to be creative. But we are not ready to question the existence of our internal market. “
Britain left the EU in January. However, the economic break will not occur until the end of the year with the exit from the internal market and the customs union. The trade pact aims to prevent tariffs and trade barriers. After months of negotiations, there are only a few days left to reach an agreement, because an agreement would also have to be ratified.