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Brexit: EU calls on London to abandon all "negotiation tactics"

2020-10-21T09:10:08.911Z

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, on Wednesday (October 21st) called on the United Kingdom to give up all “ negotiating tactics ” in the discussions on the post-Brexit trade relationship, which is currently at an impasse while time is running out. Read also: Brexit: Berlin heals its industrialists to the detriment of fishermen “ The UK now has an important choice to make reg



The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, on Wednesday (October 21st) called on the United Kingdom to give up all “

negotiating tactics

” in the discussions on the post-Brexit trade relationship, which is currently at an impasse while time is running out.

Read also: Brexit: Berlin heals its industrialists to the detriment of fishermen

The UK now has an important choice to make regarding its own future.

It is not about choosing a negotiating tactic.

It is about choosing the model of society and the model of the economy for their own future,

”he told the European Parliament.

He criticized London for wanting to access the single European market "

while being able to deviate from our standards and regulations when it suits it

".

But "

we can't have the butter, the money of the butter, and the smile of the dairyman,

" he said.

Very difficult discussions

While the negotiations are more bogged down than ever, London and Brussels have been engaged for several days in a game of ping-pong, calling on each other to take a step towards each other to unblock them.

Read also: Brexit: what is Boris Johnson really playing?

The British are calling for a "

fundamental change in approach to the EU

", in particular the assurance that the Europeans are also ready to make concessions to see the discussion succeed, which the latter have been repeating since last Thursday.

Despite the difficulties, an agreement is within our reach if we, on both sides, are ready to work constructively in the coming days

” because “

time is very limited,

” declared Michel Barnier.

Already difficult, post-Brexit talks escalated last Thursday when the EU demanded concessions from London to reach a free trade agreement in time to implement it next year.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson then declared the talks "

over

" and asked his country to prepare for a "

no deal

".

Discussions still stumble on three subjects: Europeans' access to fish-bearing British waters, the guarantees demanded in London in terms of competition, and how to settle disputes in the future agreement.

Source: lefigaro

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