As part of Brexit, no agreement has so far been found between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Prepare for all eventualities
Emergency measures have been issued by theEuropean Union, Thursday, December 10, in the context of Brexit. They will be applicable on January 1 if no agreement post-Brexit is concluded by then with the UK, reports the newspaper 20 minutes.
“There is no guarantee that if an agreement is reached it will be able to come into force in time.“, explained the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. According to him, the responsibility of the leaders of theEU is to be prepared for all eventualities, including that of not having an agreement in place with the UK on January 1, 2021.
It is “unlikely“to prolong discussions
The Union presented these measures after a dinner on Wednesday between Ursula von der Leyen and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, at Brussels. The two leaders who noted persistent differences during this meeting, giving themselves until Sunday to seal the fate of the negotiations, the newspaper notes.
The head of British diplomacy, Dominic raab, for his part, estimated that he is “unlikely“to extend discussions between the two parties beyond the Sunday deadline without”flexibility and significant concessions from the EU“.
The prospect of failure with the UK is of growing concern to certain Member States of the Union. They have thus called for these measures for a long time, but the Commission refused to present them so as not to hamper the talks.
“The aim of these emergency measures, which only concern sectors that would be disproportionately affected by a ‘no deal’, is to cover the period during which there is no agreement in place.“, she said. In her statement, she added that if no agreement comes into force, these measures will end after a specified period.
Air and road transport
The Commission proposes to guarantee air transport connectivity between the UK and theEU during six months, “provided the UK insures the same“, note 20 minutes. In order to avoid disruption in aviation safety, a regulation is also presented.
Regarding road transport, a text guaranteeing basic connectivity in freight and passenger transport for six months is put forward by theEU, if British reciprocity exists.
The fisheries sector is also included in the measures presented by the Union. Its proposal on fisheries aims “to create the appropriate legal framework until 31 December 2021, or until a fisheries agreement is concluded with the United KingdomThe objective is to maintain reciprocal access of ships of theEU and UK to the waters of the other party.
The Commission underlined the need to facilitate the authorization procedures for fishing vessels, given the importance of this sector for the economic livelihood of many communities.
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