October 23, 2020

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Von der Leyen and Johnson urge Brexit negotiators to close the gap NOW

Von der Leyen and Johnson urge Brexit negotiators to close the gap NOW

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have called on the Brexit negotiators to bridge the differences. Both guides announced this on Saturday afternoon after a joint telephone conversation.

Among other things, the Commission President and the UK Prime Minister discussed the next steps in the negotiations and emphasized the important role of the Brexit negotiators in this process.

While Von der Leyen and Johnson admit that there are still “significant” differences between the performance blocks, satisfaction is given with the progress made over the past week.

According to British negotiator David Frost, there is still too little room for maneuver in the areas of trade in goods and services, transport, energy, social security and participation in EU programs. According to the British, however, the most difficult point is the common fisheries policy.

The EU, led by negotiator Michel Barnier, wants European ships to continue to have access to British waters, while the British can choose who is welcome or not.

In any case, the parties will negotiate until the upcoming EU summit on October 15 and 16, confirmed Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.

The EU wants to have a trade deal before the end of October. In this way the convention can be ratified before the turn of the year.