December 13th – Comprehensive foreign media reported on the 13th that British Prime Minister Johnson had a telephone conversation with European Commission President von der Leyen when the British-European trade negotiations were deadlocked.
The two sides agreed to continue negotiations on a Brexit trade agreement.
According to the BBC, British Prime Minister Johnson and European Commission President von der Leyen just issued a joint statement saying that the talks will continue.” This morning, we talked on the phone, which was very effective.
We discussed the major outstanding issues. Our negotiating team has been working around the clock in recent days.
The statement also said, “Despite the exhaustion of people after nearly a year of negotiations and the repeated missed deadlines, we believe it is our responsibility to redouble our efforts at this time.
Therefore, we ask our negotiators to continue negotiations to see if an agreement can be reached in the final stage.
Von der Leyen said that the negotiations will continue in Brussels.
The UK officially went into an 11-month transition period after it officially took off the European Union on January 31, 2020. 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.
On December 8, 2020, the EU and the United Kingdom have reached agreement in principle on the implementation of the “Brexit” agreement on legacy issues, especially with regard to the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Due to major differences on fair competition environment, compliance management and fisheries issues, the negotiation of trade agreements between the two sides has continued to be deadlocked.