afternoon of the 24th local time, European Commission President von der Leyen held a press conference in Brussels, saying that the European and British have now reached a consensus on a European-British trade agreement that has attracted much attention from the outside world.
The previous night, the European-British negotiating team held all-night negotiations in Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union.
It is reported that in the final stage of the negotiations, the two sides mainly focus on the field of fisheries, involving specific contents such as fishing quotas, income distribution and access to waters.
Next, the trade agreement must be approved by the European Parliament and the British Parliament respectively before it can enter into force.
The UK officially “Brexit” on January 31 this year, and then entered an 11-month transition period.
Britain announces: “Brexit”, done!
December 24th, local time, just one week before the deadline for the Brexit transition period, Britain and the European Union finally reached an agreement on the post-Brexit trade issue.
According to the BBC on December 24, the European Union and the United Kingdom reached a post-Brexit trade agreement at the last minute, ending months of disagreement over fishing rights and future commercial competition rules.
“We have completed ‘Brexit’ and now we can take advantage of the great opportunity that an independent trading country can offer us to reach trade agreements with other partners around the world,” Downing Street said in a statement on the same day.
“We have taken back control over currency, borders, laws, trade and fishing waters.” The statement said that all the promises received by the British public in the 2016 “Brexit” referendum were fulfilled through this agreement.
According to the Associated Press, EU officials have also confirmed that the two sides have reached an agreement.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President von der Leyen are expected to make speeches immediately.
According to media reports, the United Kingdom officially “Brexit” on January 31, 2020, followed by an 11-month transition period.
The two sides launched negotiations on future relations with a trade agreement at the core in March this year, looking forward to reaching an agreement during the transition period.
Controversies over fishing rights and future rules of commercial competition have been the main obstacle to the failure to reach an agreement in the negotiations between Britain and Europe for months, and has led to a delay in announcing the agreement between the two sides.