UK: Johnson and Von der Leyen to take control of Brexit

(ANSA) – LONDON, 07 DEC – The President of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen, and the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, decided to personally take control of the Brexit negotiations

Both will meet in person “in the next few days” in Brussels to discuss unresolved differences in the field of talks between the respective negotiating teams, Downing Street said after a joint statement released at the end of today’s telephone call between the two

In the call, both agreed that “the conditions for the conclusion of an agreement are not there because there are significant differences on three critical issues: parity of conditions, governance and fisheries”

Previously, Johnson had reached out a hand with positive signals for negotiations on the post-Brexit trade deal, apparently promising Brussels to withdraw the most controversial part of the draft Internal Market Bill.

This is the bill with which London claimed to be able to unilaterally modify some “divorce agreements” already signed on the borders of Northern Ireland

For his part, Von der Leyen held a videoconference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and with French President Emmanuel Macron to also talk about the Brexit negotiations, the same European source added.

The post-Brexit negotiations with the EU entered “at a watershed moment,” British Minister Penny Mordaunt said, illustrating before the House of Commons the latest updated preparations by Johnson’s Tory government for an eventual “No Deal” (no deal). (ANSA)

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