Negotiators from the UK and the European Union are optimistic about reaching a post-brexit trade deal. Despite the suspension of negotiations, those affected expect a final agreement to be reached in the next two weeks, according to the Bloomberg press office.
The Brexit consultation was unexpectedly interrupted on Thursday due to a coronary infection in the team of EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. However, it is reported that an agreement is expected late next week or the following week. The negotiations are now being continued via video link.
Both the UK and the EU still have tough choices to make on key issues. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not want to concentrate on the so-called level playing field on which the EU exists. In order to have free access to the EU internal market, the EU believes that the British must comply with the same rules as the EU member states, such as AIDS, the environment and workers’ rights. London therefore fears further interference from Brussels.
According to bloomberg’s sources, the outline of a deal is beginning to appear. In return for concessions on an equal footing, Johnson can claim victory in the difficult discussions about fishing in British waters.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Friday that great progress had been made on the Brexit consultation. “Progress has been made,” she said, particularly in the area of state aid to UK businesses.