The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, returned to play hard in relation to the exit of the country from the European Union (EU), the so-called Brexit. In an earlier telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, he stressed that a deal was better for both sides, but also that the UK was prepared to end the transition period if a deal could not be reached.
Information about the content of the call was released recently by Downing Street, the official address of the British government. Brexit came into force on January 31, but it has a transition period until the end of the year so that some edges – including the one dealing with the commercial relationship between the two parties – are settled. There is a consensus, emphasized by the UK Prime Minister himself, that a trade pact needs to be closed by October 15 in order to have enough time for it to start operating in early 2021.
According to Downing Street, Johnson confirmed the UK’s commitment to explore all avenues to reach an agreement. “The Prime Minister underlined that it is necessary to move forward in the coming days to fill significant gaps, specifically in the areas of fisheries and equal conditions, through the process of intensive talks between the chief negotiators agreed with the President of the European Commission”, brought the statement. The leaders, according to the British government, agreed to keep in touch on the matter.
The two also discussed the latest developments related to the new coronavirus pandemic and the measures that each country was taking to prevent the spread of the virus.