Brexit diary: waiting for exit – or continuation?

Negotiations on a Brexit agreement are dragging on. The “Brexiteers” care little about the prospect of failure. At best, experts expect a dry deal.

By Annette Dittert, ARD-Studio London

The world has been waiting for the end of the Brexit negotiations for months. Deadlines are set and ignored, the weeks go by and nothing happens. But now the last ultimate deadline looms: January 1, 2021. Because on this day the transition phase ends and Brexit comes into force. With or without a deal.

Boris Johnson has repeatedly stated in recent weeks that Great Britain could easily leave the EU without a deal, and that the country would then also flourish economically. Unlike most of the British economy, many of the Brexit hardliners in his party see it the same way. In an interview with John Redwood, for example, John Redwood, for example, said in an interview: “We don’t need a trade agreement to do business. We now have a fantastic opportunity even without a deal to develop ourselves, then we produce our own food. “

The biggest advantages of an exit without a deal, the so-called no deal, is that you then no longer have to do things by halves, explains Redwood: “Our concern is freedom, we want to finally be an independent country again that is no longer controlled by the EU and being ordered around. “

It all depends on the atmosphere

Jill Rutter of the Institute for Government, an independent think tank in London, believes that a deal in the short time left can only be so thin and superficial that the practical consequences would hardly differ in practice from an exit without an agreement . “The real difference lies in the atmosphere. After all, negotiations have to be continued after January 1st, 2021, regardless of whether it is a deal or no deal. And a deal before the end of the year would be a much more positive basis for the future relationship between Great Britain and the EU. “

Whatever the outcome of the negotiations in the coming weeks, Great Britain and the EU countries will definitely have to prepare for turbulent scenes on both sides of the borders from the beginning of January.

Tagesschau24 reported on this topic on October 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.


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