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Jean-Claude Juncker: 'Brexit was a waste of time and energy' | Interview France24 |
"This is a sad day for the European Union, it's a tragedy in history," former EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker told FRANCE 24. "But Britain is a great nation, British people have inspired so many positive undertakings in the world that I will never have disrespectful feelings for Britain."
EU leaders warn of Britain's 'splendid isolation' post-Brexit | The Guardian |
With less than 12 hours before the end of Britain's EU membership, three EU presidents spoke of their ambitions for the future of the club, as they sought to turn the page on three and a half years of Brexit negotiations.
"We know very well that as the sun rises tomorrow a new chapter for our union of 27 will start," said the European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, setting out the EU's ambitions to confront the climate emergency and adapt to increasingly rapid digitalisation of the economy.
She said the EU had become "a global economic powerhouse" over the last 47 years.
UK's post-Brexit deal demands won't lead to border checks, Raab insists | Sky News |
Mr Raab has accused the former European Council president Donald Tusk of being "irresponsible" in saying Brussels feels "empathy" towards an independent Scotland joining the EU .
He tells Marr: "I think it was frankly un-European and rather irresponsible given the separatist tendencies in Spain, France and Italy."
○ 'No trade deal without fisheries rights,' EU's Barnier tells UK
'No need' to accept EU rules in post-Brexit talks: Johnson | DW |
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to outline an uncompromising stance on post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union. The EU and the United Kingdom have until the end of the year to seal an agreement.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will outline tough terms for post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union on Monday, with the UK leader expected to say "Britain will prosper" regardless of the outcome.
"There is no need for a free trade agreement to involve accepting EU rules on competition policy, subsidies, social protection, the environment, or anything similar," Johnson will say in his speech, according to excerpts released by his office on Sunday, just days after the UK left the now 27-member bloc.
He is also expected to say that if the European Union does not accept an agreement similar to the EU's arrangement with Canada, then trade with the EU will have to be based on the UK's existing withdrawal agreement with the bloc, which would be "more like Australia's."
○ EU Exit: Taking back control of our borders, money and laws while protecting our economy, security and Union
○ Disunited Kingdom: How Brexit might break Britain | NBC News |
○ Disunited Kingdom: hard Brexit threat tests historic ties
Let's End the Charade ... Move On w/o Britain ... End 4 Years of Tears ... Accept the Loss
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said when it comes to trade with the EU after Brexit: "We want a comprehensive free trade agreement, similar to Canada's". The EU's agreement with Canada is called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA for short.
The EU began negotiating with Canada in 2009, and CETA provisionally came into force in 2017, although it has not yet been signed off by all the EU member states.
What does CETA do?
We've heard a lot about wanting a "zero-tariff, zero-quota" deal between the UK and the EU. CETA does not do that. CETA gets rid of most, but not all, tariffs (that's taxes on imports) on goods traded between the EU and Canada. Tariffs remain on poultry, meat and eggs. It also increases quotas (that's the amount of a product that can be exported without extra charges) but does not get rid of them altogether.
The UK is open to an 'Australia-style' EU trade deal
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will consider a looser trade agreement with the European Union, similar to the bloc's ties with Australia, rather than follow EU rules to reach a closer deal, a government source says.
"There are only two likely outcomes in negotiation - a free trade deal like Canada or a looser arrangement like Australia - and we are happy to pursue both," the source said.
Canada does not follow EU rules, but some EU governments are reluctant to give Britain similar leeway to diverge on labour and environmental standards, given the much greater trade volumes involved.
In some areas, such as the minimum wage, maternity leave and the elimination of single-use plastics, British standards significantly exceed EU minimums.
Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement