Brexit Bulletin—future UK-EU relationship talks enter ‘very serious’ final hours

Brexit Bulletin—future UK-EU relationship talks enter ‘very serious’ final hours

On 17 December 2020, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, assessed the state of play in the future UK-EU relationship talks. Ringing alarms bells over the ‘serious situation’, but recognising the need to continue the negotiations in order to avoid a no-deal outcome, the UK and EU leaders agreed to remain in close contact. The Prime Minister warned that ‘unless the EU position changed substantially’, a no-deal scenario at the end of the transition period is seen as ‘very likely’, with the UK and EU trading under ‘Australian-style’ terms (ie without a deal). The Commission President described the outstanding issues as ‘very challenging’. However, with near-agreement on the majority of the legal text, negotiators were instructed to pursue talks and see whether a final agreement is possible, even at the ‘few hours’ left.


• GOV.UK—Press release: Prime Minister’s call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: 17 December 2020

• European Commission—Statement: by President von der Leyen after her phone call with UK Prime Minister Johnson​

• European Commission—Speech: Discours de Michel Barnier en séance plénière du Parlement européen

• Future Relationship with the European Union Committee—Progress of the negotiations on the UK’s Future Relationship with the EU​, 17 December 2020​

For further detail, see: LNB News 18/12/2020 152



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