London’s priority is to implement the agreement on Britain’s exit from the EU by January 31, Boris Johnson said at a meeting with Ursula von der Leyen. But Brussels is concerned about the lack of time to address a number of issues.
The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen negotiated in London on Britain’s secession from the European Union (Brexit). London’s priority is to implement the withdrawal agreement by January 31, Johnson emphasized at the meeting on Wednesday, January 8. According to him, the UK does not intend to extend the 11-month transition period after December 31, 2020.
London is striving for a “positive new partnership” with Brussels “based on friendly cooperation, sharing history, interests and values,” states the British Prime Minister’s Office positively appreciating the conversation.
At its turn, the head of the European Commission lamented the lack of time to resolve issues of future partnership in a number of areas, including educational, transport and fishing. London’s refusal to extend the transition period necessitates “prioritization,” she added. Brussels is ready to “work hard day and night” to achieve as much as possible in the remaining time, von der Leyen emphasized.
She agreed that the EU and the UK have many common values. “Climate change, human rights and security are just some of the areas where global cooperation would be invaluable,” said the head of the European Commission.
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