- Prime Minister Johnson said on Friday that the UK is ready to leave the EU on January 1 next year without a deal.
- Nevertheless, Johnson still left a way for himself to continue negotiations on a trade agreement with the European Union.
- Both sides want a deal, but key issues remain.
The Brexit process between the United Kingdom and the European Union has taken four and a half years. The two sides are still engaged in a tug of war. Now, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seems to be desperate to leave the European Union as soon as possible, but still leaves a crack in the door for a retreat.
In view of the Brexit dispute, Prime Minister Johnson said on Friday that the UK is ready to leave the EU on January 1 next year without signing a deal with the EU.
The EU is obviously not interested in signing a free trade agreement similar to that with Canada. Therefore, the UK will maintain a no-deal relationship with the EU, like Australia.
Nevertheless, Johnson still left a way for himself to continue negotiations on a trade agreement with the European Union. In a statement broadcast on television, Johnson said that the EU must change its position.
Johnson originally asked for an agreement to be reached before the EU summit on October 15, but he failed to do so. Since then, Johnson has considered suspending negotiations. He did not announce a clear decision, but only announced that Britain is ready to leave the European Union without an agreement.
The European Union expressed to Johnson that it hopes to speed up negotiations, to restart as soon as possible in the next two or three weeks, and strive to reach an agreement before the end of October or early November. At the same time, the EU summit asked London to make concessions. The British government expressed disappointment.
The content of the negotiations is that the two sides will sign a comprehensive trade agreement from 2021. Britain has already left the European Union at the end of January. However, the two sides retained a transition period until the end of the year.
Prior to this, the United Kingdom was still a member of the EU internal market and customs union. Only then did it decouple economically. Without a treaty, Britain will face the threat of high tariffs and high trade barriers.
The economic circles of both sides warned that if an agreement is not reached, it will have an impact on both economies. Now, people have felt the loss.
In the negotiations in the next few months, the key issue is to allow EU fishermen to enter the waters of the UK to fish and the EU economy to enjoy the same competitive conditions as British companies in the fields of environmental protection and social subsidies.
In return, UK products should be able to be supplied to the EU’s internal market tax-free and unrestricted. For the EU, the third focus of negotiations is the arbitration rules when one party violates the agreement.
This is now a key issue because British law aims to abolish certain parts of the Brexit Treaty that has come into force, including special regulations on Northern Ireland. Brussels is very annoyed by this so-called “Internal Market Law.”
In 2016, British voters voted for Brexit with a small majority. In 2019, Johnson won the parliamentary election and announced the formal start of the Brexit process.