January 16, 2021


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“Trade between the EU and the UK will be less smooth.”

"Trade between the EU and the UK will be less smooth."

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The UK-European Union trade deal will “have a profound impact on people, businesses and public administrations”. David McAllister, the German chairman of the Brexit special committee in the European Parliament, told the German newspaper Die Welt. “EU-UK trade will not run as smoothly as it did when we were both part of the single market and the customs union,” he said.

According to the Christian Democrat, the agreement also lacks an agreement on foreign policy cooperation. “I was pleased that the negotiations also addressed foreign policy and security. London didn’t want that, ”said McAllister. However, the German would have liked to see more cooperation in these areas.

McAllister is optimistic that the European Parliament will vote for the agreement. “We have a political responsibility to avoid an unregulated transition and to minimize its negative impact on citizens and businesses.” According to him, the agreement can initially enter into force without the consent of the European Parliament. “However, this should not set a precedent for future trade deals.”

According to the BBC, the European Parliament will not vote on the trade deal before the end of the year. The agreement remains officially in force until the vote.