The likelihood that no agreement can be reached with the British on a trade agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom is more significant than it will.
The situation is complicated, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told EU leaders at their summit in Brussels, according to a senior EU official.
Von der Leyen reported on her working dinner with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in Brussels on Wednesday. The significant obstacles have not been avoided, and she has told the 27 government leaders.
Her Brexit briefing would have lasted less than ten minutes, according to the initiate, and was taken for notice by the leaders.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and his British counterpart David Frost will resume their efforts to get out this Friday. A “firm decision” must then be taken on Sunday, Johnson said after dinner with Von der Leyen.
The three main themes on which the parties cannot agree are the access of European and British fishermen to each other’s waters, equal competition rules for British and European companies and the supervision of the agreements made.
The consultations between Johnson and Von der Leyen did not result in a breakthrough on those points.