EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated Wednesday she noticed clear progress within the commerce talks with the U.Okay., turning a post-Brexit deal from a fleeting risk into an ever extra reasonable risk.
Ms. Von der Leyen confirmed that the most important issues had been decreased to only two — truthful competitors within the EU market and fishing rights for EU vessels in U.Okay. waters.
Even although she nonetheless spoke solely of a “very narrow” path to a deal, she added, “nontheless I can tell you that there is a path to an agreement.”
It was nonetheless way more optimistic than earlier feedback coming from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and even any evaluation of success over the previous months.
“This is now a case of being so close and yet being so far,” Ms. von der Leyen instructed the EU parliament, which should approve any deal brokered with the U.Okay.
Britain left the 27-nation bloc in January however for the remainder of this 12 months remains to be in a transition interval that saved all commerce ties the identical with the EU.
These talks cope with buying and selling relations between the 2 sides beginning on Jan. 1, which makes a tricky timeline for the negotiations.
“The clock puts us in a very difficult position,” stated Ms. von der Leyen.