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EU holds off on no-deal Brexit plans amid last-ditch push for deal

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives to attend a information convention on the European Union leaders summit dominated by Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2019

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By Gabriela Baczynska and Philip Blenkinsop

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Fee is holding off on updating EU contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit amid a closing push in talks with Britain to safeguard free commerce from tariffs and quotas in six weeks’ time, officers mentioned.

Britain’s standstill transition out of the European Union ends on Dec. 31 and the estranged allies are nonetheless making an attempt, regardless of missed deadlines, to clinch a last-minute deal on a brand new partnership to keep away from commerce ruptures from 2021 and preserve shut ties on all the things from safety to vitality and transport.

The Netherlands, France, Belgium and Spain have requested the chief Fee – which negotiates with Britain on behalf of the 27 EU states – to replace emergency plans to mitigate the worst harm if no new commerce deal is put in place in time.

“Now that we’re this late in November… it is excessive time we ask the Fee to come back out with (contingency measures) as a result of we now have to arrange, in case we can not repair an settlement in time,” mentioned a senior EU diplomat.

However the Fee has to this point resisted the request, saying it stays centered on getting a deal and that nations, companies and other people have had a very long time to arrange for an abrupt break up in ties.

The Fee’s Brexit spokesman had no touch upon Thursday. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned he and his chief negotiator remained centered on securing a “zero-quota, zero-tariff” free commerce settlement within the talks.

STILL NO BREAKTHROUGH

Fee chief Ursula von der Leyen will briefly replace the 27 EU nationwide leaders on Brexit throughout a video name from 1700 GMT on Thursday meant to give attention to the COVID-19 pandemic and the bloc’s subsequent finances and financial restoration plan.

A number of EU leaders are anticipated to emphasize the necessity to put together for the worst-case state of affairs, which might have an effect on an estimated trillion {dollars} value of annual bilateral commerce.

On Friday the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will replace member states’ envoys on newest developments within the talks.

Some EU sources interpreted the Fee’s silence on no-deal preparations as an indication that it doesn’t wish to bitter the ambiance within the closing part of Brexit talks.

Diplomats informed Reuters on Thursday there had been no breakthrough on the three persistent sticking factors: divvying up fish shares, guaranteeing financial truthful play for corporations together with on state help and agreeing methods to settle any future commerce disputes.

“It has been going spherical and spherical in circles on the extent taking part in area and fisheries,” mentioned an EU official concerned within the negotiations. “There isn’t a breakthrough but, either side are in full settlement that the opposite facet wants to maneuver.”

“What is required is a political determination from the very high within the UK. We do not know when that comes. Or if it comes in any respect.”

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