December 14th Comprehensive report, December 13 was originally the deadline for the trade negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union, but because the agreement had not yet been reached, the two sides agreed to enter the “overtime match” on the same day.
However, British Prime Minister Johnson said that he hoped to reach a post-Brexit trade agreement with the European Union, but the current failure is still the “most likely” result.
At present, the UK has begun to prepare for a “no-deal” Brexit, including hoarding a large number of materials and medicines, sending four Royal Navy patrol boats on standby to patrol British waters.
Brexit enters “overtime”
Johnson is pessimistic about reaching an agreement.
Johnson and European Commission President von der Leyen agreed on the 13th to continue Brexit trade negotiations.
The two sides issued a joint statement saying, “We made a constructive call this morning to discuss the main outstanding issues… We believe that it is our responsibility to redouble our efforts at this stage.
So we instruct our negotiators to continue negotiations to see if an agreement can be reached at this final stage.”
European Commission President von der Leyen said on the same day that she and Johnson agreed that it was responsible to continue negotiations.
However, British media pointed out that Johnson was pessimistic about the prospect of the agreement and believed that there was a greater possibility of no agreement. Johnson told the media on the same day: “We still have major differences on some key issues… Britain cannot give in on the bottom line.”
The United Kingdom opens the “hoarding mode”
Four patrol boats are on standby.
British media pointed out that the main crux of the deadlock in the British-European negotiations is the extent to which the UK should abide by EU economic rules in the future, including whether to continue to open water to EU fishing vessels, whether it has the right to set its own products and subsidies.
The British Ministry of Defence confirmed on the 12th that four Royal Navy patrol boats are ready to deal with the “illegal fishing threat” after an undeal Brexit.
A British government spokesman said that the authorities conducted on-site exercises, including the transportation of fresh agricultural products and fish in transit, and the urgent dispatch of warships to deal with illegal fishing boats in “sovereign waters”.
On the other hand, British supermarkets have begun to “hoard the stocking mode” to deal with the shortage of supplies that “hard Brexit” may cause.
According to the report, the road near Dover Harbor in the United Kingdom has been blocked by trucks in recent days.
Transportation companies say traffic jams are the result of British stockpiling.
Sources say that ministers have approved hundreds of emergency measures in advance to deal with possible disastrous consequences.
Emergency measures include guaranteeing 3,000 trucks to transport food and medicine to the UK every week; the British government lists shepherds, fishermen and car manufacturers as the most affected groups by EU tariffs, or introducing a subsidy program of £8 to 10 billion.
What is the attitude of the EU?
A source involved in the coordinated action revealed that the 27 EU member states are pleased to see the extension of the trade negotiations between Britain and Europe and promised to take “all necessary steps” to bring it into effect as soon as possible if an agreement is reached.
European Council President Michelle said, “We must do everything we can to make the agreement possible.
We must support a good agreement.
It is reported that the UK will leave the EU Single Market in more than 10 days. If a trade agreement cannot be reached during the transition period, EU-UK trade will return to the WTO framework from January 1, 2021.
Tariff and non-tariff barriers may lead to the rise of many commodity prices and cause chaos to supply chains in Europe and beyond Europe.