European Union should see sense and agree deal: UK PM

Friday, 18 Dec, 2020

Speaking at the European Parliament Plenary, the president said that the commission had acquired a wide portfolio of vaccine candidates.

Von der Leyen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a joint statement Sunday acknowledging the hard road ahead.

However, they said on Sunday that they were willing to go for the "extra mile" to reach a deal, reigniting hopes of a possible deal.

The Prime Minister told his Cabinet that he was committed to continuing negotiations on the remaining areas of disagreement and re-emphasised the desire to strike a deal.

On the level playing field, von der Leyen said, "our aim is simply to ensure fair competition in our own market".

"[The free trade deal] shows that despite nationalist pressures in many countries to pull back from globalization, we continue to promote integration and partnership", Chan said at the signing ceremony.

Merkel said the European Union would prefer a deal but is prepared either way, adding there was no breakthrough yet. "We will only sign a deal protecting European Union interests and principles".

But the two sides have yet to narrow gaps on two of the thorniest issues: fishing rights in British waters and the level playing field.

"It's really not a very good way to end the year and to start the next year". The EU wants as long as ten years.

What for Johnson is an issue of sovereignty is an existential question for the EU.

But she added talks over fishing rights are "still very difficult".

The UK-Mexico Trade Continuity Agreement will particularly benefit the automotive, pharmaceutical, textiles, agriculture, food and drink industries and other manufacturing industries, the sectors where the UK has the highest amount of trade with Mexico. With the British government tied to Belfast, trading with its western neighbor could be complicated by a no-deal Brexit given that Dublin would remain tied to the EU.

"We have accordingly mandated our negotiators to continue the talks and to see whether an agreement can even at this late stage be reached".

The International Trade Secretary said that she looked forward to making an application for the United Kingdom to join CPTPP "early next year".

The UK's Department for International Trade (DIT) said that the deal represents another step closer for the UK to joining the Comprehensive and Progressive agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). "We are not enjoying life in Hong Kong because we are stuck", she said.

On fisheries, the situation remains hard.

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg used his ConservativeHome podcast to say a deal could be rushed through both Houses of Parliament very quickly.

In a statemnt by senior MEPs, seen by Express.co.uk, they will scrap plans for the vote unless a deal lands by midnight on December 20.