The head of the European Commission has ruled out the extension of trade negotiations with London
Legal preconditions for renewal of negotiations with Britain on trade agreement is not, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in an interview with Handelsblatt.
"I don't see any legal grounds for that," said von der Leyen, responding to a question on possibility of renewal of negotiations in the autumn. "The deadline extension expires at the end of June. Therefore, it is clear that the UK leaves the single market on 31 December," she added.
She also ruled out the option where the EU and the UK could agree on the details of the agreement after Oct. "For us this is unthinkable and would require a longer stay in the UK in the single market. Prime Minister (UK Boris) Johnson categorically ruled it out," said von der Leyen.
Britain entered the EU on January 31. By the end of this year will continue the transition period. At this time, the country will continue to apply EU rules, but it is not involved in the decision-making process in the Union and continues to make contributions to the General EU budget. However, such a transitional period, for example, gives you the opportunity to maintain trade relations in the same format. At the end of "transition" rules of the Union will cease to spread to Britain.
In order to avoid disruptions and difficulties in the organization of relations between the country and the Union in various spheres, including trade, their representatives should agree on the specific terms of a future partnership. However, a few months of negotiations, significant progress had been reached. To achieve a final agreement must be for a very short period of time, because they will require certain approvals by the national authorities.
While a "hard" Brexit, the EU started preparing long before the actual separation of the country from the Union, negotiations on the terms of this "divorce" was also difficult. Date Brexit even postponed, to avoid serious problems in the organization of relations between Britain and the EU after it. Then the parties agreed on the essential issues and the country's withdrawal from the EU "hard" did not. However, after the transition period, the breakup of their relationship still risks being "hard".