Chinanews.com, February 26th. According to Eurolink, the European Union News Agency was quoted as saying that Britain and the European Union will start negotiations on bilateral trade relations after Brexit on March 2. On February 25th local time, the EU General Committee approved the EU-UK negotiation program. On the same day, the British government also approved the country's outline for negotiations with the European Union and will submit it to the British Parliament for discussion on February 27.
Data map: On January 29 local time, the European Parliament approved the "Brexit" agreement. The picture shows after the voting, the members present raised the flag of "Forever Unity". Photo courtesy of China News Agency
According to reports, the EU General Committee approved the EU-UK negotiating program on the 25th. This program requires the EU ’s existing national standards to be used as a reference for the EU-UK agreement. High standards, which will apply to state aid, competition, state-owned enterprises, social and employment standards, environmental standards, climate change, related taxation aspects and other regulatory measures in these areas.
European Commission President Von Delane said the EU is ready to establish a close partnership with Britain. EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the EU will not sign a trade agreement with Britain at all costs.
Barnier said that because the British government requires that the negotiations be concluded during the transitional period of Brexit, that is, December 31, the EU-UK trade negotiations will be a series of very complex and demanding within a limited time negotiation.
It is reported that there may be two major differences in the negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union. One is the issue of EU member states' right to enter British waters after Brexit, and the other is the issue of EU member states asking the British government to return its cultural property illegally seized from other countries. .
It is reported that EU member states, including France, hope that after Britain withdraws from the EU, their ships will still be able to enter British waters and protect the rights of EU fishermen. Johnson has said that once Britain is no longer subject to EU fisheries policy, British waters will be mainly British vessels, and the rights of British fishermen will also be considered first.
At the same time, EU member states hope that after Britain withdraws from the EU, it will return the cultural relics illegally taken from other countries to the countries where the cultural relics belong. In response, the British government stated that these cultural relics were not part of their trade negotiations. (Zhao Xi)