After meeting with visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May in Brussels on February 7, European Commission President Juncker said that the EU would not renegotiate the ” Brexit” agreement with Britain. This means that, less than 50 days before the deadline for Britain’s planned ” Brexit” on March 29, Britain and the EU have yet to get out of the deadlock facing the ” Brexit” negotiations. According to the analysis, although Britain and Europe have indicated that they will continue to negotiate with a view to achieving a breakthrough, the time left is limited after all. Britain and many EU countries have already started to prepare for ” leaving Europe without agreement”.
On February 7, British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Brussels for talks with European Commission President Juncker, European Council President Tusk and European Parliament President Taiani. This is the first visit by a British Prime Minister to the EU headquarters since the British Parliament voted against the draft ” Brexit” agreement on January 15. Juncker issued a joint statement after meeting with Theresa May, saying that the EU refused to renegotiate the draft ” Brexit” agreement with Britain, which was reached after the European and British sides made major concessions and represented a cautious and balanced compromise between the European and British sides.
Although the EU once again rejected Britain’s request to restart negotiations on the ” Brexit” agreement, it also made certain concessions, leaving a ray of hope for ” a negotiated Brexit” within the stipulated time. The statement said that the EU is willing to revise the content of the EU – UK ” Political Declaration on a Framework for Future Relations” regarding the future relations between the two sides. The two sides agreed to hold further negotiations in the next few weeks to try to find a solution to avoid ” leaving Europe without agreement”. The leaders of the two sides decided to hold another meeting before the end of February to evaluate the negotiation results on relevant issues.
Tusk said on social media immediately after the talks with Theresa May, ” There is still no progress and negotiations will continue.” Theresa May said that Britain would ” leave Europe” on time and she would try her best to mediate in the future. The EU News website ” EU Observer” commented that at present, the possibility of reaching a new ” Brexit” agreement between Europe and Britain at the last moment that is satisfactory to all parties still exists, but after all, time is limited, ” it is not easy to achieve an orderly Brexit”.
After the talks, Taiani said that the European Parliament would only support the contents of the agreement previously negotiated with Britain by Banier, the chief representative of the EU’s ” Brexit” negotiations. He warned that ” leaving the EU without agreement” is a ” very dangerous way” to solve the current impasse. If Britain ” leaves the EU without agreement”, then both Britain and the EU will fall into disaster.
” Although both Europe and Britain are trying to avoid the terrible consequences of” leaving Europe without agreement “, it seems that” leaving Europe without agreement ” is coming unexpectedly.” Euronews reported that both Britain and Europe were prepared for the worst in view of the increasing risk of ” leaving Europe without agreement”.
Britain’s response plan includes setting aside special space on ferries carrying goods to ensure that Britain can maintain a regular supply of drugs after the ” no agreement to leave Europe” occurs. As well as about 3,500 soldiers to help the government deal with possible emergencies. The EU plan covers 14 areas where Britain’s ” no agreement to leave the EU” may have a major impact on people and businesses, including financial services, air transport, customs and climate policies.
Many EU member states have also successively promulgated relevant contingency plans. For example, France, which is close to Britain, recently passed the first executive order to deal with Britain’s ” no agreement to leave Europe”. According to this decree, if Britain ” leaves Europe without agreement”, France will adjust the customs inspection, animal and plant inspection and quarantine as well as the deployment of border police. The French government also asked some border inspection infrastructure managers to carry out reconstruction projects to ensure that the relevant infrastructure can be used from March 30 this year.