The senior MEP claims that a Brexit trade deal could take place in ’10 days’
After Michelle Barnier briefed the European Parliament on UK-EU trade talks on Friday, a senior MEP said the Brexit deal could be agreed in as little as ten days. EU chief negotiators told MEP they expect trade talks to continue until the “last possible moment” after talks close in London today. It now seems certain that the unofficial deadline for the EU summit on Thursday, where the 27 leaders of the bloc were expected to give the deal a political blessing, will be missed. The European Parliament told Mr Barner that the latest urgency on what they could negotiate was 10 December, the first day of the next scheduled EU summit. Sources warned that the deal would have to be agreed after the EU to allow time for translation into official languages and for relevant decisions in the council. Once EU leaders approve the deal, the MEPA must endorse the deal, before the end of the year and before the transition period, which means trade between the UK and the EU will be on less favorable WTO terms. “Given the information I have, negotiations will take another seven to ten days,” said Philip Lamberts, a senior MEP from the European Parliament’s Brexit committee. “I think the deal is possible,” said Clement Buen, France’s European minister. Both parties want one. It is likely to take several days, possibly two to three weeks, for negotiations. He pressured Mr Barnier to reach a deal before December 10th. “If it happens after the end of November, we’ll get in trouble.” Both parties are divided over the guarantee of phishing, level playing field and execution of the deal. The European Union and the UK have shared new proposals on phishing rights but Downing Street said there are still significant differences between the three main barriers to the deal. Informal talks may continue over the weekend but formal formal talks will resume in Brussels on Monday. Mr Lamberts, the leader of the European Greens, said the departure of Dominic Cummings was probably the sign that Johnson had begun his U-turn and would eventually accept EU terms. Mr Cummings, the largest faction in the Brussels and Starsburg parliaments, called on Mr Johnson to “cave in” to his red lines after he resigned. “We can also see this as a chaotic situation where we have no idea what really is in Great Britain.” So don’t tell us we should be prepared for a compromise. We need Boris Johnson’s clear idea. Now. Sources acknowledged that negotiations could not proceed for “more time” than the next nine days. Both sides needed to ratify the deal but there was more pressure on the EU side’s timetable, they said. “We never said Thursday’s summit was any kind of deadline,” the EU official said. “It will be nice and tidy, but I’m not sure it will work like this.” “MEPs were originally scheduled to vote on the deal on December 16. Now they can vote even after Christmas before the end of the year and before the transition period. Creating will become creative.
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