The UK has reached a trade agreement with Canada that will extend the terms of the existing agreement between the EU and Canada when the Brexit transition period ends on January 1 next year. British Prime Minister Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau reached this agreement in principle via video calls on Saturday.
According to people familiar with the negotiations, the UK and the EU are expected to reach a trade agreement in the next few days. After an EU negotiator contracted the new coronavirus, the two sides suddenly suspended their in-person talks this week, but officials on both sides expressed optimism.
The European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, offered fresh cause for optimism during a press conference. “After difficult weeks with very, very slow progress now we have seen in the last days better progress, more movement on important files. This is good,” she said.
People familiar with the matter who did not want to be named because the content of the talks was not made public said that an agreement may be reached before next weekend, or more likely in the week of November 30.
People familiar with the matter warned that to do this, the British government and the European Union still need to make major political decisions and that more concessions from the UK are needed. Otherwise, the negotiations may break down.
Ursula von der Leyen continued: “Within the frame of the level playing field, progress, for example, has been made on the question of state aid, but there are still quite some meters to the finish line so there’s still a lot of work to do. Where the timelines are concerned, time pressure is high without any question at the moment.”
“There’s a lot to work on because there is now substance where you can go through line by line, word for word. The whole team is engaged and working tirelessly day and night to reach the natural deadline we have to be done by the end of the year,” said Ursula von der Leyen.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Barnier, the chief negotiator of the European Union, had to isolate themselves after contacting patients with the new coronavirus, making the drafting of the agreement more complicated.
Johnson will end the quarantine next Thursday. The EU is urging him to make a final decision and make the necessary concessions to reach an agreement. So far, the UK has refused to accept the EU’s requirements on a level playing field for enterprises and a mechanism for implementing agreements.
A UK official said: “Although there has been some progress in recent days, there is much work to be done and time is now very short. We now need to see more realism from the EU on what it means for the UK to be an independent state.”
Officials said that, including the participation of high-level officials, many factors in the coming days will determine when and whether an agreement will be reached, adding to the last-minute complexity. Barnier may be isolated until November 26, and then may go to London for the final round of talks.
One EU diplomat said: “There is tangible progress on a number of areas while gaps are only slowly shrinking on core issues like a level playing field, governance, and fisheries. Growing concern that the negotiation process does not proceed quickly enough to ensure the ratification of a possible agreement until the end-of-the-year deadline.”
“Hope is nevertheless that negotiations can be finalized quickly if and once the necessary political decisions are taken in London. At the same time, EU member states are in agreement that contingency planning needs to be ramped up in parallel to the ongoing and hopefully successful EU-UK negotiation process. Still, the EU needs to be prepared for every possible outcome.”
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On Sunday, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was officially signed during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting. After eight years of negotiations, the free trade zone with the largest population, the most diverse membership structure, and the greatest development potential in the world was born.
The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, traveled to Berlin on Sunday, November 15, to mark the annual ‘National Day of Mourning’ in Germany to pay tribute to the victims of war, terrorism and extremism. In a speech in German, Prince Charles emphasized the continuation of his country’s friendly relations with Germany.
Following the Democratic Party presidential candidate, Joe Biden’s resounding victory in the US presidential elections, a section of world leaders have already sent in their messages of goodwill while wishing him well as he assumes the reins of power of the world’s superpower.
The Bank of England maintained interest rates as scheduled, but exceeded expectations to expand the scale of bond purchases. The pound jumped nearly 50 points against the US dollar in the short term. On Thursday, the Bank of England maintained the 0.1% central bank benchmark interest rate unchanged as scheduled.
The pound hit its biggest gain since the market turmoil in March on Wednesday, and the market is betting that a Brexit deal may be reached next month. The pound rose 1.7% to $1.3171 against the US dollar, the highest level in more than six weeks, after Bloomberg reported that trade negotiations between the UK and the EU may resume.
As per a directive from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, effective this weekend, northern England will enter a “very high” level of alertness in a bid to battle the second wave of coronavirus. In addition to the closure of bars, the Prime Minister has also prohibited social gatherings in Manchester.
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.
The British Prime Minister said today that the UK could “live very well” if the post-‘Brexit ‘negotiations, underway with the European Union fail to yield an agreement before the end of the transition period. Appearing in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Johnson said: “I think it’s there to be done. Alas, there are some difficult issues that need to be fixed.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called upon the United Nations member states to unite in the fight against future pandemics. “After nine months of fighting COVID, the very notion of the international community looks tattered,” Said Johnson. “Unless we unite and turn our fire against our common foe, we know that everyone will lose.
More than 1,000 people gathered in central London on Saturday, 19, to protest blockade measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The protest, which resulted in several arrests took place as Prime Minister Boris Johnsonis considering reimposing some restrictions across England.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now accusing the EU of threatening a “food blockade” between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain. The premier opines that the move if effected is likely to tear Britain apart. Johnson’s new allegations could further fuel the crisis that is already surrounding Brexit in which the involved parties are reading from different scripts.
The United Kingdom has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, “immediately and indefinitely,” in protest of China’s new security law in Hong Kong. They are they fourth country to do so. China, on the other hand, has expressed outrage at the decision, warning that Britain is “going the wrong way.”
In yet another protest move towards China, following its enactment of the controversial national security law that has been imposed in Hong Kong, the United States government has restricted defense equipment and high-tech products exports to Hong Kong. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement.
The British government is “deeply concerned” about the controversial new Hong Kong Security Law, passed Tuesday by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Specifically, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it may breach a treaty between London and Beijing. He added his government was considering what response to give.
Six people, including a police officer and two minors, were seriously injured by a man who attacked them with a knife in a hotel in central Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday. The criminal was later killed by police fire. The hotel where the incident occurred apparently houses asylum seekers and refugees.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made an announcement today that on July 4th, the country’s bars, restaurants, hotels, beauty salons, cinemas and museums will be reopened. In addition, weddings may also be held again. “Today we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end,” he said.
At least three people were killed and three others were seriously injured by an attacker armed with a knife in the British city of Reading, situated about 60 km east of London. The attack took place in Forbury Gardens at 7:00 PM local time yesterday. Today, the British anti-terrorist police classified the attack as an act of terrorism whose motive is not yet clear.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the creation of a commission on racial inequalities. Johnson is calling for combating the “substance” of racism, not symbols, in an allusion to the recent depredations of statues during anti-racist protests. “It is no use just saying that we have made huge progress in tackling racism,” Johnson wrote.
Police and protesters clashed Saturday afternoon in central London after huge crowds flooded the city, despite earlier warnings from the authorities to avoid the demonstrations. Moments of tension and conflict were witnessed between the police and the protesters, more so near the statue of Winston Churchill, which the demonstrators intended to demolish.
The British government has today told the European Union that it doesn’t intend to extend the post-Brexit transition period. The decision was formally communicated to the European Commission by Michael Gove, Minister for the Cabinet Office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Thousands of protesters continue to grace various city streets across the globe as they denounce racism, following the murder of an African-American, George Floyd, by a white policeman in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In Madrid, Spain, about 3,000 people gathered around noon in front of the United States Embassy in protest over the killing.
A no-deal Brexit looms for the UK unless its Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, sticks to the very promises that he made while securing the withdrawal agreement, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier has warned. Barnier accused the Prime Minister of seemingly trying to take an about turn from the written agreement in the political declaration that was arrived at and signed between the UK and the European Commission.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a promise today that his government will unveil a new test, track and trace system as part of a new strategy of combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The system for tracking people infected with the new coronavirus will go in to effect on June 1, Johnson said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that, while battling the coronavirus infection, doctors were prepared to announce his death when he ended up in the intensive care unit. Johnson, who remains very thankful to the health care providers that attended to him at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital, said that he was furnished with “liters and liters of oxygen” to keep him alive.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has returned to work today. Johnson had been treated for more than two weeks after contracting COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was acting as prime minister, said Johnson’s return would be an impetus for Britain.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came out of intensive care on Thursday evening, where he had been for days. He was transferred to another section of London’s St Thomas hospital and placed “under close supervision during the initial phase of his healing,” the prime minister’s spokesman said.
The British government is discussing, on Thursday, the need to extend the lockdown in the country after the first three weeks. The decision must be taken in the coming days without Prime Minister Boris Johnson, still in the hospital, although his health is “improving.” Nearly 8,000 Britons have died of COVID-19, with 881 added in the last 24 hours.
The United Kingdom recorded 5,491 new cases of coronavirus and 938 deaths in the last 24 hours. Both figures show that the pandemic is accelerating in the country. The focus of the coronavirus crisis in thee country is the health of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who remains in intensive care at London’s St. Thomas Hospital.
The British government ordered millions of coronavirus antibody tests from China, but none of them were good enough. That was the assessment of Professor John Newton, a senior scientist and the head of the National Health Service (NHS). The report poured a pitcher of cold water on a government strategy for mass testing of the population, which was designed so the UK could gradually abandon home confinement.
The number of people infected with the coronavirus in the world is approaching 1,300,000. The number of deaths is nearing 70,000, and about 265,000 people have recovered from the disease. In Italy and Spain, mortality is declining day by day, but it is still high. The situation in hospitals throughout the world is difficult.
The United Kingdom, following a number of European countries, will restrict freedom of movement for three weeks in order to combat the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The inhabitants of the UK will be able to leave their homes only for the purchase of essential goods, doctor visits, and individual exercise.
According to the Italian authorities, Italy has so far registered 3,405 deaths from the new coronavirus. The number of deaths caused by the new coronavirus in Italy surpassed China on Thursday, where the outbreak began. In China— considering the whole country— the total number of victims is 3,245.
The British House of Commons narrowly defeated a move by the opposition and rebel Tory MPs to phase out equipment from Chinese telecom group Huawei. However, the move still may spell trouble for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The PM has backed Huawei’s participation in construction of 5G networks in Britain.
The United Kingdom is on a collision course with the European Union even before Brexit talks begin. On Thursday, London rejected proposed post-Brexit rules by the union. Cabinet minister Michael Gove told embers of Parliament that the country was not going to forfeit its sovereignty in its quest for political and economic independence.
The United Kingdom and the European Union negotiators will be locked in dialogue until the end of the year to iron out delicate Brexit divorce nuances. Britain is already drawing up plans to reinforce its coastal defenses. This is in line with anticipated changes to the existing fishing rights accord. The United Kingdom is looking to take back control of its waters and restrict E.U. members’ access.
The British (some of them) are waving the flag of the United Kingdom (“Union Jack”) after Brexit became official, and government buildings are highlighted in its colors, red, white, and blue. Having opened up a radically new space for political maneuvers, the country celebrates this achievement.
In a speech, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell what he intends to achieve to entrepreneurs, in negotiations with the EU on relations after the expiration of the Brexit transition period. After leaving the EU, the UK will no longer comply with EU standards in the field of environmental protection, workers’ rights, and state economic subsidies. Such conclusions can be drawn by reading some passages in the speech of the British PM on the topic, Brexit, with which he intends to address entrepreneurs on Monday.
After a series of lengthy debates at the European Union level, and in the British House of Commons, a whole series of votes and early elections, Brexit is now in its transition period, which will last another eleven months. On the night of January 31, the treaty came into effect, and Britain exited the E.U. as a member state. There is a lot of discussion and speculation about the changes to expect, and the possible adverse effects. But what advantages do Brexit supporters see?
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has won a large majority in Thursday’s parliamentary elections. This election result guarantees the Prime Minister the number of parliamentarians he needs to “get Brexit done” by January 31. The Conservatives won 365 out of the 650 seats in the House of Commons— more than enough for a comfortable absolute majority and for Johnson to remain Prime Minister.
The European Union (EU) has accepted a further postponement of Brexit until January 31, European Council President Donald Tusk revealed on Monday. However, the agreement offers London the possibility of leaving the EU bloc before that date should the British Parliament ratify the exit agreement.
Essex police found 39 bodies in a truck in an industrial area Wednesday in the town of Grays in Essex County. The 25-year-old driver of the truck has since been arrested on suspicion of murder.
After a week of intense negotiations, the British government and the European Union yesterday formalized a new Brexit agreement that will allow the UK to leave the EU on October 31. However, the new agreement has to be approved by the British Parliament for the process to proceed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has until Saturday to convince his party’s Eurosceptics, Northern Ireland Unionists, and opposition members to vote for the deal. None are so far keen on endorsing it.
The European Union and the UK negotiating teams have reached an agreement for Britain to leave the EU at a meeting in Brussels. “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control— now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime, and our environment,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet.