Negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom on a new trade agreement will continue after Brexit this week in London. The talks continued until late at night, but according to various sources, the talks were “somewhat difficult” and “major disagreements” remained, according to Reuters news agency.
The team of European Union negotiators, Michel Barnier, has been in London since late last week for the final round of Brexit talks. But it remains to be seen whether an agreement will actually be reached, even if now is a truly urgent time to put any agreement into the legal texts and agree to it before the end of the year.
Points of contention remain in the three critical areas of fisheries, equal economic opportunity, and oversight of agreements. Both negotiating teams refuse to surrender an inch at the moment. According to a spokesperson for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the UK still wants a new trade agreement “as soon as possible”, but it will not change the British negotiating position.
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Meanwhile, Britons who have a second home in the European Union are furious about the travel restrictions that will come into effect on January 1. As a tourist, they are then allowed to stay in the European Union for a maximum of 90 consecutive days every six months. You must apply for a visa for longer consecutive periods. As a tourist, Europeans heading to the UK do not need any visas even after Brexit for stays of up to six months.
An estimated half a million Britons have a second home in the European Union. Many stay there for a large part of the year. A number of them began a campaign for a looser organization, British media reported. For example, a Briton from his home in Greece argues that the least the EU can do is set the rules just like the British. This means allowing the tourist to reside for a period of six months.
The country officially left the union at the beginning of this year, but due to the transition year, nothing will change until January 1. On that date, the British did indeed leave the European Union after 47 years. Much must be arranged for this. For example, authorities in the British part of Ireland have warned that Northern Irish motorists who drive to Ireland will be required to have a green card to insure them with them.
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