The Brexit saga continues | London and Brussels give each other a new opportunity

The Brexit soap opera continues again, with no solution in sight and without either party daring to be the first to throw in the towel and be seen as responsible for a no-deal divorce with devastating economic consequences.

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the head of European diplomacy, Ursula von der Leyen, decided this Sunday to give themselves a few more days, after repeating ad nauseam that they would not do it again.

The two negotiating teams, the European led by Michel Barnier and the British by David Frost, are exhausted. They have been negotiating since March what will be the relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union when the next January 1 the break is final.

There are only 18 days left and no one moves. The differences have been the same for weeks: the access of European fishing boats to British waters, the conditions that Europeans demand from the British to avoid any unfair competition and the rules to solve future conflicts.

“We want a good deal,” says Charles Michel

“What we want is a good agreement, which respects the principles of fair play in economic and governance terms. What does that mean? That in the event of a dispute, thanks to an agreement, we are sure that we will know how to resolve that dispute”, explains the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.

“Although it is good that the talks did not end this Sunday, the real problem we have seen in the last few weeks is that there is no progress and no clear pathsays Simon Usherwood, Professor of Politics at the University of Surrey.

Total uncertainty for companies and citizens

Uncertainty is testing the patience of businesses and citizens on both sides of the English Channel. In the English town of Sunderland, opinions diverge. Here is a Nissan vehicle manufacturing plant.

“If there is no deal, let’s get out of this and get our own fishing rights.”, says a retiree.

“Nissan may go away if they have to pay the tariffs for the cars going to Europe. The country democratically voted to leave the European Union, so we should go, but with an agreement.”says another man.

The lack of agreement would bring with it the establishment of customs duties and quotas, which would be a very hard blow for economies weakened by the pandemic.