The EU and the UK fail to finalize a trade agreement for Brexit

Boris Johnson doesn’t tone down. While playing the game and may speculate on an imminent trade deal with the EU after Brexit, the UK prime minister keeps his harsh speech in the British Parliament. Time is short and the blockade continues on several key issues, such as fishing.

“Our position on the fishing industry has not changed. We can only progress if the European Union accepts the reality that we must be able to control access to our waters. Right now it is very important to emphasize that”, says Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

With a view to a possible concession in the negotiations, the highest authority of the Community Executive points out that the EU seeks ‘guarantees’ for its fishing fleets.

“The crucial issues for the European side are, of course, issues related to a level playing field, governance and fisheries. And with the little time ahead of us, we will do everything in our power to reach an agreement. We are ready to be creative but we are not ready to question the integrity of the single market, “says Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

British and European Union negotiators have moved on the path to an agreement, and it appears that the outline of a possible final text has already been created. But both have little more than a month to close a commercial pact. The next few days will be decisive for the negotiations between both parties.


Britain and Canada agree post-Brexit rollover trade deal

LONDON/TORONTO (Reuters) – Britain and Canada struck a rollover trade deal on Saturday to protect the flow of $27 billion-worth (£20.32 billion) of goods and services between them after Brexit, and vowed to start talks on a bespoke agreement next year.

As Britain prepares to end its transition out of the European Union on Dec. 31, it has negotiated multiple rollover bilateral deals to maintain trade, with many simply replacing the terms the bloc had already agreed.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined Canada’s Justin Trudeau and their respective trade ministers on an online call to mark the deal, which paves the way for a tailor-made agreement covering more areas such as digital trade, small businesses, the environment and women’s economic empowerment.

“Today’s agreement underpins 20 billion pounds worth of trade and locks in certainty for thousands of jobs,” Liz Truss, the UK’s international trade secretary, said in a statement.

Her Canadian counterpart Mary Ng said the transitional agreement “largely replicates” the EU deal on tariff reductions and provisions for labour and environment.

“We do want an ambitious, high level comprehensive trade agreement with the UK,” Ng said, signalling Canada wanted similar terms to the EU deal.

The Canadian Parliament must approve legislation that would enable the deal to come into effect.

Britain is Canada’s fifth largest trading partner after the United States, China, Mexico and Japan.

Johnson is trying to shape a new “global Britain” that can strike out alone and negotiate better trade agreements than the EU as part of what he says is the benefits of its historic decision to leave the world’s biggest trading bloc.

In less than two years it has agreed trade deals with 53 countries, accounting for 164 billion pounds ($217.82 billion) of British bilateral trade. Johnson’s critics point out that many are largely the same as the EU deals.

The UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement will be subject to final legal checks before it is formally signed. “This is a good moment,” Trudeau said.

Editing by Mark Potter, Mike Harrison and Diane Craft


EU representatives – Brexit talks come to a standstill when there are sticking points

FILE PHOTO: Euro and pound banknotes are seen in front of BREXIT letters in this picture illustration taken April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Brussels (Reuters) – The Brexit negotiations between the UK government and the European Union are still on the spot.

An EU representative told the ambassadors of the 27 EU states in Brussels on Friday that there is progress and that an agreement is close. But there was no progress in the sticking points of future fishing rights, the framework for fair competition and the question of how future disputes should be resolved. “We are both: very close and far away,” said the EU representative. “It seems like we are very close to agreement on most issues, but the differences on the three disputed points remain.”

After leaving the EU at the beginning of the year, Great Britain is in a transition phase until the end of 2020, during which EU rules still apply. The future relationship, including the free trade agreement, has been wrestling for months – so far without result, which is why the economy fears disruptions in trade relations and customs barriers from 2021. Since parliaments still have to ratify an agreement before it can enter into force, the last deadline for an agreement was given at the end of this week. Due to a positive coronavirus case in the EU delegation, the talks are currently being held virtually.


Joe Biden asked Boris Johnson not to destabilize …

Joe Biden, President-elect of the United States, asked the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that Brexit does not destabilize the peace between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Specifically, the elected president expressed his concern at a possible breach of the Good Friday Agreement that ended decades of violence between the two. Biden and Johnson held a 25-minute phone call. The Conservative Premier was one of the first world leaders the former Democratic Vice President contacted after the elections. The United Kingdom left the European Union (EU) on January 31. However, both parties agreed on a transition period until the end of the year to negotiate a free trade agreement.

During the call, Biden reaffirmed his support for the Good Friday Agreement signed between both Irlanders in 1998 to end decades of violence. The president-elect’s concern arose from the controversial Internal Market law promoted by the British Government after Brexit. It regulates trade within the United Kingdom and gives London the power to review protocols already agreed with the EU. In this way Fears arise that a tougher border between the Irish will be restored to control the passage of goods. During the election campaign, the Democratic candidate had warned that he would not promote a trade agreement with the United Kingdom if Brexit weakened the peace between the Irish.

In that sense, the conservative leader assured the president-elect that the departure of the European bloc would not weaken the Good Friday Agreement. Johnson maintained that the Internal Market law will return to the House of Commons next month where the clauses rejected by the Lords will be reinstated. He also said he was legislating for ensuring open borders between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. The British premier indicated that this was essential to maintain stability in the region.

Hours later in a speech in the House of Commons, the British president said it was refreshing to speak with Biden. “I had and have a good relationship with the previous president, I can’t resist that. It is the duty of all British Prime Ministers to have a good relationship with the White House“said Johnson. He also said that they agreed with the Democratic leader in defending the values ​​common to both countries around the world.”Defend human rights, world free trade, NATO and work together to fight climate change“said the premier.

There was little expectation that Johnson, a close ally of Donald Trump, would be first on the Democrat’s list of calls to European leaders. Biden also contacted the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the French president Emmanuel Macron and the irish prime minister Michael Martin.


London sees goodwill for a deal with the EU and is open to a “sensible” fisheries deal

LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Britain said on Monday it was open to a “sensible” fisheries pact and there was goodwill on both sides to move towards a Brexit trade deal, as a new one began in London. round of conversations.

The UK left the European Union in January, but both sides are trying to reach an agreement that would regulate about $ 1 trillion in annual trade before the current informal membership – known as the transition period – ends on December 31. .

“There are still differences, there are still some obstacles to overcome,” British Environment Secretary George Eustice told Sky broadcaster. “But I think there is now some good will on both sides to make progress.”

After congratulating Joe Biden on his victory in the US presidential election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday that an EU trade deal was “there to do it” and that the broad lines were clear.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier told Reuters he was “very happy to be back in London (for talks) and work is continuing.”


Talks have stalled in the areas of state aid rules and fisheries, a sector laden with symbolism for Brexit supporters in the UK.

“When it comes to fisheries, we’ve always been open to taking a sensible approach, potentially looking at deals that could span two or three years for example,” Eustice said.

“The question will focus on what are the quota agreements, how much mutual access do we allow in each other’s waters and that is obviously a debate that will take place annually, but there may also be a partnership agreement that establishes the basic rules of how we will work in that field ”.

Fishing alone contributed just 0.03% of British economic output in 2019, but many Brexiters see it as a symbol of the restoration of sovereignty that they say should bring abandonment of the EU. Combined with fish and shellfish processing, the sector accounts for 0.1% of UK GDP.

Britain’s upper house of parliament, the House of Lords, is due to debate Johnson’s internal market bill on Monday, which has alarmed the EU as it would allow the UK to undermine parts of the 2020 Brexit divorce deal.

Eustice said the government would reintroduce certain clauses if the House of Lords removed them from the bill.

Edited by William Schomberg and Timothy Heritage, translated by Michael Susin at the Gdansk newsroom


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


London acknowledges that significant differences remain in the negotiations with Brussels

FILE PHOTO: A puzzle with the flags of the EU and the United Kingdom in this illustration taken on November 13, 2019. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Following a conversation between the British Prime Minister and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Boris Johnson’s office said that significant differences remain in talks on a trade agreement between the Kingdom. Kingdom and the European Union.

“The prime minister stated that while some progress has been made in recent talks, significant differences remain in a number of areas, including the so-called level playing field and fisheries,” said a spokesman for the office. by Johnson.

“The prime minister and the president agreed that their negotiating teams will continue talks in London next week, starting Monday, in order to redouble efforts to reach an agreement.”

Information from Michael Holden; edited by Jason Neely; translated by Tomás Cobos


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


AC Milan falls to Lille for Europa League and loses long undefeated; Kane scores his 200th goal for Tottenham

AC Milan’s Ante Rebic looks dejected after the Europa League game against Lille. San Siro, Milan, Italy. November 5, 2020. REUTERS / Daniele Mascolo

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – AC Milan’s 24-game unbeaten streak ended with a 3-0 defeat at home to Lille in the Europa League, on a matchday when Harry Kane scored his 200th goal for Tottenham Hotspur in the 3-1 victory of the London team over Ludogorets.

AC Milan’s magnificent streak in all competitions was halted with a hat-trick by Turkish winger Yusuf Yazici, who opened the scoring for Lille with a penalty and scored another two goals in the second half to give the French team a victory that left him. at the top of Group H.

Yazici’s second hat-trick in three Europa League group stage games left Lille with seven points, one ahead of Milan. Sparta Prague is third after beating Celtic 4-1 in Glasgow.

Meanwhile, Kane headed in after a Lucas Moura corner kick to lead the Spurs’ win over the Bulgarians, who put them in front of Group J on goal difference with six points from three games.

England’s Leicester City, meanwhile, maintained control of Group G with their third win in three games, beating Braga 4-0, second in the table, while AEK Athens beat Ukraine’s FC Zorya 4-1 to stay third.

Arsenal also achieved their third consecutive victory, beating Molde 4-1 aided by two own goals from the Norwegians. The London team lead Group B with nine points, three ahead of Molde and six ahead of Rapid Vienna, who beat bottom Dundalk 4-3.

In Greece, PAOK recovered from a goal against with four goals in the second half to defeat PSV Eindhoven 4-1 and finish second in the table with five points, two behind Granada, who beat bottom 2-0 Omonia Nicosia with a goal from Venezuelan Yangel Herrera.

AS Roma, meanwhile, achieved their most impressive performance in Group A, beating CFR Cluj of Romania 5-0. The Italian team leads the zone ahead of the Swiss Young Boys who defeated CSKA Sofia 3-0.

Finally, a goal in stoppage time by Uruguayan Darwin Núñez gave Benfica a 3-3 draw against Rangers in Group D. The Scottish team leads the table on goal difference followed by the Portuguese.

Reporting by Philip O’Connor. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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