The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has set this Thursday, October 15th, the day the next European Council starts, as the deadline for achieving a agreement on the future relationship with the European Union. An impossible deadline to meet given the lack of progress in the three big questions that remain open in the negotiation: the level playing field to avoid unfair competition, governance and fishing. The Twenty-seven are aware that time is short and that the negotiation cannot continue beyond the beginning of November.
“We all take for granted that there is a maximum of 3 weeks left to conclude the negotiations. The end of October or the first days of November is the maximum to be able to close an agreement that gives time to [realizar] all the translation of the instruments, approval by the European Parliament and the national parliaments so that as of January 1 we have a regulatory framework for future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom & rdquor ;, the secretary of state summarized this Tuesday for European affairs, Juan González Barba, after the balance made by the European negotiator, Michel barnier, at Twenty-seven.
Dodge a chaotic divorce
The French politician has explained to them that there are some advances, especially in terms of state aid, but insufficient to unblock a negotiation that, according to the German minister for the EU, has admitted, Michael Roth, is in “a critical phase & rdquor ;. This Wednesday a telephone conversation is scheduled between Johnson and the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, but from Brussels they insist that it is in the hands of London to take “decisive steps & rdquor; in the three open chapters if they want to dodge a ‘chaotic brexit that it will be “painful for both parties but even more so for our British friends,” Roth recalled.
Meanwhile, “they will continue working to [lograr] a fair deal in the coming days and weeks & rdquor ;, Barnier insisted, who this Thursday will report on progress to EU leaders. “It is in the interests of both parties to reach an agreement before the end of the transition period; the next days will be decisive & rdquor ;, recalled the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.