Maas Warned Of The Danger Of A No-Deal Brexit In The Face Of A Pandemic
According to the German Foreign Minister, there is no agreement on future trade relations and the extension of the negotiations.
The EU and the UK are still far from reaching an agreement on key areas of building relations after Brexit. This was stated by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, according to Deutsche Welle.
"It is a matter of concern that the UK is far from our joint political Declaration on the main points in the negotiations," Maas said. "This will not work, because the negotiations are a complete package, as stated in the Declaration," he said. According to the Minister, while, in particular, there is no agreement on future trade relations and the extension of the negotiations.
"The British government still rejects the extension," Maas said. "If everything remains as it is, then by the end of the year, along with the coronavirus crisis, we will still have to overcome Brexit."
The talks held in April failed to make significant progress on the main issues, and the next round of discussions is scheduled for May 11. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier stressed that Britain refuses to make any compromises 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 left the EU on February 1, 2020, after three years of negotiations on the terms of exit. Brussels and London have agreed on a transition period until the end of the year, during which the United Kingdom is subject to all European rules. During this time, the parties must agree on a document on how to build future relations.