“There has to be an agreement in the coming weeks – that is around the beginning of November,” said French European Minister Clement Beaune to the radio station FranceInfo. But the European Union will not allow a bad deal just to reach a compromise. “We mustn’t lose our calm in the last few days of the negotiations, because then sometimes bad concessions are made.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson assured French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday that he would explore all possibilities for a trade agreement with the European Union (EU). But in the coming days there must be progress to bridge differences in the respective points of view.
Great Britain left the EU on January 31st. Until the end of the year, in a transitional phase in which future relationships are to be clarified, the existing rules for the internal market will still apply. Prime Minister Johnson has set a deadline for an agreement until the EU summit on October 15.