The UK Has Refused Any New Deferments On Brexit
The UK has refused any new delays in completing the process of leaving the EU (Brexit). This was stated by the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Friday at a briefing on the results of the next round of Brexit negotiations, which was held in remote mode.
"The UK government has refused to delay any final exit from the European market, which is scheduled for December 31, 2020. This is the date of economic Brexit, the end of the transition period after political Brexit (February 1, 2020)," said Barnier.
"We need to reach an agreement to mitigate the severe shock that our economies will experience this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It is unacceptable to amplify it with the shock of breaking economic ties without an agreement," Barnier said. In this regard, he called for more work on the text of the agreement on future relations.
At the same time, Barnier also said that the UK is slowing down work on preparing an agreement on future relations with the community after the transition period for withdrawal from its membership. "The UK is slowing down the negotiation process. This week, Britain refused to engage in constructive negotiations on the four key points of the negotiations, which are enshrined in the political Declaration [of Brussels and London], - he said. "The EU refuses any long-term partnership that does not include solutions to these issues."
He stressed that London is slowing down negotiations on creating a balanced business environment, on the free movement of people, goods and services, on the development of a veterinary and phytosanitary control regime on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as on fishing issues.
The UK will not participate in the EU's long-term plan for economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic. "The UK will not participate in the EU's plan to support the economy, [which will be launched] from 2021. Until then, it is obliged to pay its contributions to the EU budget in full," Barnier said.
According to the agreement between Brussels and London, there is A Brexit transition period until the end of 2020, during which the UK actually remains a member of the EU, enjoys all the rights of a member of the European market, and pays its contributions to the community budget. At the same time, since the political exit from the EU - February 1, 2020 - this country is no longer represented in the decision-making bodies of the European Union.
The creation of a long-term (at least for a period of seven years) economic recovery Fund of up to €2 trillion is currently being discussed by EU leaders. It is expected that in order to Finance it, EU countries, in particular, will have to increase their payments to the EU budget from 2021.