|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||News, Overview|
Overview and information on a meeting between the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the United Kingdom's Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 8 January 2020. This was the first time Ms von der Leyen visited the United Kingdom to meet Mr Johnson since taking office.
The meeting focused on the forthcoming discussions relating to the relationship between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) after the country's withdrawal from the EU (also known as Brexit) at the end of the month. Both leaders agreed that both sides share common values and many interests, and that there are many areas where cooperation on the global stage remained invaluable.
Ms von der Leyen highlighted that the EU fully respects the decision by the UK to leave the Union. She also pointed out that this decision brings consequences, as no relationship can be as close as being a member of the European Union. The Commission President also reaffirmed that there is a trade-off between any regulatory divergence and access to the EU single market. Mr Johnson stated that his priority was to implement the Withdrawal Agreement by 31 January 2020. He expressed his wish to agree a broad Free Trade Agreement (FTA) covering good and services, and cooperation in other areas. However, he also pointed out he would not extend the so-called 'transition period' beyond the end of 2020. Mr Johnson argued that any future partnership must not involve any kind of alignment or jurisdiction by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), and that the UK would also retain control of its fishing waters and immigration system.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|