December 24th – Comprehensive foreign media reports that the British-European trade negotiations are still in full swing. British media said that British Prime Minister Johnson is expected to announce on the 24th local time that the two sides will reach an agreement on post-Brexit trade and security issues.
However, on the 24th, Irish Foreign Minister Covinny said that issues related to fishing rights emerged at the last minute of the consultation, which delayed the announcement of the agreement between the two sides.
On January 29th local time, the European Parliament approved the “Brexit” agreement. The picture shows the members present holding the banner of “Forever United” after the vote. China News Service Photo provided by the European Union
According to the BBC, the controversy over fishing rights and the rules of future commercial competition has been the main obstacle to reaching an agreement in negotiations for months. But Laura Kuenssberg, the political editor of the BBC, said that Downing Street now seems to be “very confident” to reach an agreement.
The report said that the European Union and the United Kingdom seemed to be about to reach a Brexit trade agreement, and Johnson informed his cabinet of the progress of negotiations in Brussels.
It is believed that the negotiators are now discussing the final details. The two sides are expected to officially announce the agreement on the 24th local time.
However, according to Reuters, on the 24th, Irish Foreign Minister Covinny said that issues related to fishing rights occurred at the last minute of the negotiations, which delayed the announcement of a trade agreement between Britain and Europe. However, Kovini believes that the two sides are still expected to make this announcement later on the 24th.
In addition, a British source said that there may be “shours” left to complete the Brexit trade negotiations, and he is also very hopeful that the negotiators are about to reach an agreement.
The UK officially “Brexit” on January 31, 2020, followed by an 11-month transition period. In March, the two sides launched negotiations on future relations with a trade agreement at the core, looking forward to reaching an agreement during the transition period.
In the absence of an agreement, the trade between the two sides will return to the framework of the World Trade Organization from 2021 and reimplement arrangements such as border inspection and tariffs.