The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, reported this Wednesday to the European Parliament of "genuine progress" in the Brexit talks. However, he has warned that the risk persists that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without an agreement on December 31, a result for which, he has specified, the bloc is prepared.
Britain and the Twenty-Seven are making a last-ditch effort to agree on terms that will maintain free trade, without tariffs or quotas, starting in early 2021, after the current transition period between London and Brussels ends. In this sense, "the next few days will be decisive", said Von der Leyen, who added: "The European Union is well prepared for a dead end scenario, but of course we prefer to have an agreement."
"With very little time ahead, we will do everything in our power to reach an agreement. We are ready to be creative. But we are not ready to question the integrity of our single market," stated the president of the Community Executive.
For the moment, the advance focuses on the fact that the negotiators have agreed on the outline of a new association treaty on goods and services, as well as on transport, he announced. However, the three main obstacles to an agreement, the distribution of fishing quotas and the agreement on access to waters; find ways to resolve future disputes; and ensuring economic fair play for businesses, even with regard to state aid, remain up in the air.