Both parties have made their move, the British set October 15 as the deadline to assess progress in the commercial relationship, or assume it as failure; the Europeans kept their proposal unchanged, hoping that the United Kingdom would take the first step.
During the meeting of the Europeans, which included extraordinary measures such as the retention of telephones during the meeting in order to avoid leaks, the position of maintained
“We are concerned about the lack of progress. And we ask the UK to make the necessary moves, “said President Charles Michel.
The counterpart’s reaction was swift, and the British negotiator, David Frost, indicated that they were surprised by the position taken in the EU, since for them the movements to achieve an agreement do not “have to come from the United Kingdom. It is a very unusual approach to carry out a negotiation “
In this way, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, faced the ultimatum and kicked the table, criticized the Eurogroup for not giving in and leaving the ball in their court, with no one to mark it.
“I have come to the conclusion that we must prepare for January 1 with agreements based on simple principles of world free trade (…) we will prepare to embrace the alternative, we will vigorously prosper as an independent free trade nation, controlling and establishing our own laws “
However, Johnson did not close the door to change, as long as the European side is willing to make concessions.
“Unless there is a fundamental change of approach, we will go for the Australian solution (under the rules of the World Trade Organization). And we must do it with great confidence “
Thus, both parties are in a locked game. Despite this, after the statements of the English “Premier” were known, the European Union indicated its willingness to visit London and close the agreement.
“As planned, our negotiating team will go to London next week to intensify these negotiations,” said the President of the European Commission, Úrsula von der Leyen.
The leaders of Germany and France, pillar economies of the European Union, gave separate but coinciding statements on the interest of reaching a favorable result in the negotiations, but where the agreement is not the most important thing, but its content.
“We are ready for a deal, but not at any price,” French President Emmanuel Macron said, adding that Britain needed more of a deal than the EU.
“The main value, trust, has been lost. Today we will have difficult discussions, there will not be an agreement at any price”
The UK formally left the EU on January 31, but both parties are still negotiating an agreement that should govern around $ 900 billion in annual trade once the transition period ends on December 31.
Whatever the outcome of the “pulse” of both parties, it is likely that relations between the two will have to be rebuilt, as they were based on good faith, and Europeans feel that it was viciously disappointed by the United Kingdom. Johnson will maintain his position, we will see the room for maneuver and what the unity of the euro-group is made of.
“We are heading into very dangerous ground,” said Ian Wright, the chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation of Great Britain. “In the event of a no-deal Brexit, buyers will literally pay a high price.” I quote the portal of the Reuters news agency.