“As for the withdrawal agreement and its protocols, they must be fully implemented, the end point,” he said, as negotiations on a future post-Brexit relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU stalled. .
The British deputies approved, at the end of September, the bill of the government of Boris Johnson, which partially reverts to the Brexit agreement.
“We are united and determined to reach an agreement, but not at any cost,” Michel said.
He said guaranteeing fishing rights, finding the right ways to resolve disputes and ensuring fair competition were crucial to protecting “hundreds of thousands of European jobs”.
“We are 100% united,” said Charles Michel, who told London to “take the necessary steps” to unblock the agreement.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set the UK’s approach to the post-Brexit relationship with the EU on Friday, after his chief negotiator described the EU bloc’s latest demands in trade negotiations as disappointing and surprising, Reuters reports.
The United Kingdom left the EU at the end of January, and the two sides have since engaged in complex negotiations to reach a free trade agreement for the period after 31 December 2020.
EU leaders have called on the UK to take “the necessary steps” to reach a compromise.
“Prime Minister @BorisJohnson will present the reactions and approach of the United Kingdom tomorrow (Friday – no.), In the light of the September 7 statement,” said London’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost.
Boris Johnson set October 15 as the deadline and said that if no agreement was reached, both sides would “accept and move on.”
“Disappointed with #EUCO conclusions on EU-UK negotiations,” Frost posted on Twitter. “We are surprised that the EU is no longer committed to working ‘intensively’ to reach a future partnership as we agreed with @vonderleyen on 3 October,” he added.
“I am also surprised by the suggestion that in order to reach an agreement, all future moves must come from the United Kingdom. It is an unusual approach in conducting a negotiation “, Frost also posted.
EU leaders agreed on Thursday to continue talks with the United Kingdom to reach a trade deal “in the coming weeks”, but also decided to step up preparations in case these troubled negotiations fail, Reuters and AFP reported.
The European Council “notes with concern that the progress made (in negotiations) on key issues of interest to the Union is still not sufficient for an agreement to be reached”, the conclusions of the summit on this dossier, first addressed, are stated in the summit.
Discussions have been stalled for months on three priority points for the EU: fisheries, British competition guarantees and how to settle disputes over a future agreement.
The leaders of the 27 member states, who met in Brussels to discuss the post-Brexit relationship with London, agreed in the conclusions adopted “to continue negotiations in the coming weeks”. At the same time, they called on the United Kingdom to make the “necessary steps” to reach an agreement.
EU leaders also stressed that the UK’s EU divorce this year must be fully implemented by the end of the year, a reference to a new bill in the British parliament known as the Internal Market Act, which if approved will invalidate some of the provisions of the Brexit agreement.
“We want an agreement, but obviously not at any cost. It must be a fair agreement that serves the interests of both sides, “said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country holds the six-month presidency of the EU Council.
Ireland, the EU state most exposed to a disorderly exit from the United Kingdom, has said that an agreement between the world’s sixth largest economy and the world’s largest trading bloc is even more important now, given the economic chaos caused by the COVID crisis. 19. “We can solve this within the timetable we have,” said Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin.
Given the economic crisis and global instability, it would be “crazy” if the two sides failed to reach an agreement, said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.