European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned the approaching days shall be “decisive” for commerce negotiations with the UK and essential variations between the 2 sides stay.
“Frankly I cannot tell you today if there will be a deal,” von der Leyen instructed the European Parliament in Brussels. “There are still three issues that can make the difference between a deal and no deal.”
Von der Leyen mentioned the topics which have bedeviled the talks for the reason that starting had been nonetheless proving tough: the extent enjoying subject for enterprise, the enforcement of any settlement and entry to British fishing waters.
“With very little time ahead of us, we will do all in our power to reach an agreement,” she added.
Negotiations are persevering with just about after a member of the European group examined optimistic for the coronavirus however face-to-face contact is predicted to renew in London earlier than the top of the week. Officials on each side have expressed optimism that an settlement is reachable inside the subsequent two weeks.
“In the discussions about state aid we have still serious issues, for instance when it comes to enforcement,” von der Leyen mentioned. “Significant difficulties remain on the question how we can secure – now and over time – our common high standards on labor and social rights, the environment, climate change and tax transparency.”
Turning away from Brexit, von der Leyen broached the subject of rule of legislation within the EU, with Poland and Hungary holding up settlement on the bloc’s funds and pandemic restoration fund due to the circumstances.
Rule of Law
“In July all 27 member states agreed on a conditionality mechanism,” von der Leyen mentioned. “We’re talking here about violations of the principle of the rule of law, which are now threatening the EU budget.”
She described the rule of legislation circumstances as acceptable, proportionate and essential.
“It is very difficult to imagine that anybody in Europe could have anything against this principle.”
With the coronavirus nonetheless ravaging the continent, von der Leyen welcomed the European Commission’s contracts with six completely different vaccine suppliers and mentioned the primary Europeans may be vaccinated earlier than the top of the December.
But she warned in opposition to repeating the errors of the summer time.
“Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas,” she mentioned. “Weeks ago, I said that this Christmas will be different. And yes, it will be quieter.”