Raab: EU-UK Trade Agreement May Still be Reached

  • Both the UK and the EU expressed their desire to continue negotiations
  • United Kingdom set the 15th of this month as the deadline for whether Britain and Europe could reach an agreement
  • The EU's Autumn Summit was held in Brussels from the 15th to the 16th

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that a trade agreement between Britain and Europe after Brexit is still possible, but the European Union needs to show greater flexibility. According to current news, both the UK and the EU expressed their desire to continue negotiations.

Dominic Rennie Raab is a British politician serving as First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs since July 2019. A member of the Conservative Party, he has also been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Esher and Walton since 2010.

However, in a statement after the first day of the EU leaders’ summit held yesterday, the EU stated that the current negotiations between the two sides have not made enough progress to reach an agreement and called on the UK to do so.

Raab expressed his disappointment with the EU’s statement. Whether Britain and Europe continue to negotiate, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will express his views today.

Originally, the United Kingdom set October 15th as the deadline for whether Britain and Europe could reach an agreement. According to the situation at that time, the United Kingdom will decide whether to continue negotiations with the European Union.

There is still a lot of work to be done in the negotiations with the UK. Before the two-day EU summit was to take place, on the evening of the 14th local time, the two EU leaders and British Prime Minister Johnson conducted telephone conversations on the ongoing negotiations on future relations between the two sides.

European Council President Charles Michel later said on social media that the EU once again called for progress at the negotiating table. He listed three areas where the two sides have significant differences, namely: level playing field, fisheries and governance.

Meanwhile, the PM said:

Boris Johnson is a British politician, serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since July 2019.

“Given that they (the EU) have refused to negotiate seriously for much of the last few months, I have concluded we should get ready for 1 January with arrangements more like Australia’s based on simple principles of global free trade. So now is the time for our businesses to get ready, and for hauliers to get ready, and for travelers to get ready.”

He continued:

“For whatever reason it is clear from the summit that after 45 years of membership they are not willing – unless there is some fundamental change of approach – to offer this country the same terms as Canada. And so with high hearts and complete confidence we will prepare to embrace the alternative.”

The President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, said that the EU is working towards reaching an agreement, but it will not do anything at all. The three areas mentioned above must meet EU conditions. She pointed out that there is still a lot of work to be done on both sides.

The EU’s Autumn Summit was held in Brussels from the 15th to the 16th. The leaders of EU member states once again focused on the issue of Britain’s “Brexit.”

Some analysts believed that this summit would be the key to whether the EU-UK future relationship negotiations centered on the trade agreement can make substantial progress as scheduled.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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