The deal seems to be still far from reach. Thursday 23 July, the european negotiator Michel Barnier believes it "unlikely" at this stage that the 27 and the United Kingdom to reach a trade agreement in the framework of negotiations on their relationship post-Brexit. At the end of a new round of negotiations in London, Michel Barnier stressed that "little progress" had been made on two crucial issues : the conditions of fair competition and the fishing.
"By his contemporary refusal to engage on the terms and conditions of a fair competition and a balanced agreement on fisheries, the United Kingdom makes a trade agreement at this stage unlikely," said the european negotiator at a press conference. His british counterpart David Frost expressed his regret that no agreement could be reached before the end of July, as had been hoped for by the Prime minister Boris Johnson.
"Unfortunately, it is clear that we will not complete in July, the preliminary agreement on the principles underlying an agreement that we had as a goal" in the discussions, said David Frost in a press release. "Substantial differences remain in the areas the most difficult, is of equal conditions of competition and the fishing," said David Frost. The Prime minister and Boris Johnson had initially expressed its willingness to conclude the negotiations by the end of July, considering it useless to pursue the discussions until the fall.
A closing date of December 31,
After 47 years of marriage, stormy, the Uk has left the EU on the 31st January, but the country has until the end of the transition period set on 31 December, to conclude a commercial agreement with its former partner. If the EU and her former partner cannot reach an agreement, only the rules of the world trade Organization (WTO), with their high tariffs, would apply from January 2021 to the commercial relationship between London and the 27.
last week, London unveiled the details of its first proposals for the management of its borders after the Brexit, insisting on the fact that they would be implemented regardless of the conclusion of an agreement with Brussels. The project of 206 pages provides for a gradual implementation of the law on the borders during the first six months of 2021.