The President of the European Commission, Urula von der Leyen, and the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, have set a deadline today for the attempts to reach an agreement, after four and a half years of push and pull, as the European Union and Britain decide on the fate of the post-Brexit negotiations, as von der is trying Layne and Johnson have since pulled the talks off the dead end.
It is noteworthy that during a dinner they had gathered last Wednesday evening in Brussels, they acknowledged again that there were very divergent positions, but they gave the talks an additional three days, hoping to reach an agreement before making a decision on Sunday, but since then they issued pessimistic statements. Von der Leyen said the hope of reaching an agreement was very little.
The Deutsche Welle newspaper indicated that the points of disagreement are the stumbling of negotiations on three issues, namely the access of European fishermen to British waters, the method of settling differences in a future agreement, and the guarantees that the European Union demands in London in the field of competition in exchange for free access to its markets.
The European Union is ready to give London access to the European market without customs duties or quotas, but in return it wants to ensure that the United Kingdom will not resort to flooding the markets by moving away from European environmental, social and tax standards or those related to official aid, and if that happens, it wants The European Union is to be able to take quick response measures such as imposing customs duties without needing to wait until the dispute is settled within the framework of regular arbitration procedures, in an effort to protect European companies, but London rejects this completely.
On the other hand, the British Ministry of Defense recently announced that ships belonging to the Royal Navy are in a state of readiness to protect the national fishing areas, while the European Commission offered emergency measures aimed at preserving the movement of land and air transport for a period of six months between the two parties on the condition that London do the same. The Europeans say that it is an endeavor by them to ensure mutual access to the fishing grounds for the ships of both parties in the year 2021.
But a settlement generally appears impossible between the British, who want complete freedom in trade, and the Europeans, who are keen to protect their enormous market, according to an analysis of European newspapers.
There is also speculation in the British media that even if the talks fail on Sunday, they may return to the negotiating table before the end of the year.