EU chief Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday revealed a back-up plan to guard street and air journey and fishing rights if Britain leaves the union and not using a commerce deal.
The U.Ok. left the European Union on January 31, and on the finish of this month, it’ll depart the bloc’s single market and customs union.
“Negotiations are still ongoing. However, given that the end of the transition is very near, there is no guarantee that if and when an agreement is found, it can enter into force on time,” Ms. von der Leyen mentioned.
“Our responsibility is to be prepared for all eventualities, including not having a deal in place with the U.K. on January 1, 2021. That is why we are coming forward with these measures today,” she mentioned.
Several EU members, notably France, have been pushing for Ms. von der Leyen’s Commission and her negotiator Michel Barnier to take a more durable line, and to publish the contingency plan to point out they’re prepared for “no deal”. The EU Commission described the plan as “a set of targeted contingency measures ensuring basic reciprocal air and road connectivity between the EU and the U.K., as well as allowing for the possibility of reciprocal fishing access by EU and U.K. vessels to each other’s waters.”
The measures would go into impact on January 1. Basic air transport will proceed for six months offered the U.Ok. agrees to reciprocate, as will entry for street haulage.
The interim fisheries regulation would proceed till the tip of 2021, but it surely supplies for “continued reciprocal access by EU and U.K. vessels to each other’s waters”. Boris Johnson’s authorities insists it’ll assume full sovereignty over its waters on January 1, and Number 10 greeted the publication of the plan with excessive warning.
“Once we leave the end of the transition period, we will take back control of our waters,” Mr. Johnson’s official spokesman advised reporters. On transport points, Number 10 promised to review the EU proposals, including: “This kind of statement from the EU is expected. We’ve obviously set out our own plans in the event of an FTA not being reached.”