EU Chief Vows 'day And Night' Talks On Post-Brexit Trade Deal
Dublin, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Jan, 2020 ) :The European Union's top official said Wednesday the bloc was ready to work "day and night" to reach a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain by the year-end deadline.
"We will go in parallel. It's not only trade. A lot of topics need to be" covered, she added.
The first big clash will revolve around the sequence in which the various issues are discussed.
Both sides would like their concerns addressed first in the limited timeframe.
Von der Leyen said negotiators would only really have just eight months because an agreement would take one or two months to be ratified by the various governments.
The talks formally begin after a period of consultations in Brussels and the approval of a formal EU negotiation mandate.
"We're going to be ambitious and we want to have a very close partnership with our British friends," she said.
The overarching theme of the talks will how closely Britain remains aligned to EU rules and regulations after Brexit.
Von der Leyen insists that Britain cannot expect a preferential trade terms without accepting "a level playing field".
"It is the UK's choice," von der Leyen said.