Trade relations of the EU and the UK after her release from the community as of 1 February (Brexit) should be based on the principle of “zero tariffs, zero quotas, refusal of dumping”. This was stated by the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen at a press conference at the end of the Friday of the summit of heads of States and governments remaining in the EU countries, reports TASS.
“The EU summit authorized the European Commission and our chief negotiator Michel Barnier to start the second phase of negotiations immediately after the ratification of [the British Parliament] of the agreement on Brexit. Our future trade relations should be based on the principle of zero tariffs, zero quotas, refusal of dumping”, she said.
According to her, to oversee the second phase of negotiations will continue chief negotiator of the EU Brexit, Michel Barnier.
Von der Leyen stressed that the EU wants to build a Kingdom “is so close a partnership as possible”, but warned that the negotiations on the terms of these relations in the remaining EU States will “with one voice to defend a common position,” the face of Britain.
More emphatically held after the summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to which, after Brexit “, the EU will get a new competitor on its doorstep.”
In turn, the President of the European Council Charles Michel said: “We decided to start a second round of talks with London immediately after the ratification of the agreement on withdrawal from the EU the British Parliament, which now, after the election, should occur promptly. The second phase of the negotiations on the future trade agreement must provide a balanced environment for all parties.”
“I want to congratulate Boris Johnson with the victory. We expect a vote [in the British Parliament] on the agreement to exit as early as possible, he added. – This will allow us to safely and promptly move to the second stage of negotiations on the future relationship of the UK and the EU.”
In the final Declaration of the summit on Brexit stresses that “the European Council reaffirms its commitment to orderly Brexit”, that is “divorce” with the agreement and “encouraged the timely ratification of the transaction and its effective implementation”.
“The European Council reaffirms its desire to establish a closer future relationship with the United Kingdom in accordance with the political Declaration and compliance with previously agreed guidelines of the European Council, as well as statements and declarations, in particular from 25 November 2018.
Future relations should be based on the balance of rights and obligations and to ensure a level playing field,” reads the statement of the summit.
Results of the election victory on 12 December, the majority in Parliament should allow Boris Johnson finally approve the text of the agreement on withdrawal from the EU, which the UK Parliament could not approve the December 2018. This will allow you to complete British exit from the EU by 31 January 2020. It’s the deadline of the third postponement, which gave Brussels to London.
In accordance with the basic documents of the European Union, the UK was to leave the community on March 29, 2019, exactly two years after submission to the European Council written notice of intention to leave the EU.
Now for the first time London has had a real chance to finish the process of Brexit and to leave the EU since February 1, 2020.