Ministry of Health Announces Rescheduling of Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine    India emerging as savior in battle against COVID-19    Biden sworn in as 46th US president    Joint Incidents Assessment Team refutes claims on incidents in Yemen    Stenson leads past winners' delight for Dubai Desert Classic return    Film Commission Launches 28 Cinematic Projects for Winners of Daw' Film Competition    Arab Parliament Social Affairs Committee Chairperson Praises Saudi Arabia's Role in Empowering Women    Pandemic encourages safer food alternatives, boosts food-tech industry, says Prince Khaled    Health Ministry: 238 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Saudi Arabia    Moody's: NCB's merger with Samba will reinforce NCB's asset management arm    OIC's 2021 Cultural Season Kicks off with a Lecture on Higher Education and COVID-19    Closure of January 2021 Issuance under Saudi Arabian Government SAR-denominated Sukuk Program    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Lower, at 8,878.30 Points    UK COVID-19 strain detected in at least 60 countries, WHO says    MoE: English teaching in 1st grade from next academic year Distance learning to continue until after end of coronavirus    MWL is striving to remove misgivings about Islam: Al-Issa    Healthy diets ‘nearly impossible' for 1.9bn people in Asia-Pacific: UN report    King Abdulaziz University Signs Cooperation Agreement with American Health Information Management Association    S. Korea to Provide 500 Tln Won to Support Key Policies This Year    WHO Reports Surge in Coronavirus Deaths Last Week    Saudi Arabia calls for international cooperation to safely restart tourism at UN meeting    Saudi Press: Infrastructure in Saudi Arabia Proves its Ability during Coronavirus Pandemic    Asian Stock Markets Rise    Women add $5 trillion to global wealth and control 32% of wealth: Experts    Al-Attiyah, Meeke top entry for Qatar International Rally    Study: Trade will recover from coronavirus quicker than 2008 global financial crisis    World needs to wake up to long-term risks    SASCA sets a deadline for receiving participations in International Video Art Forum    SASCA in Dammam Sets a Deadline for Receiving Participations in International Video Art Forum    China Reports 118 New Covid-19 Cases    Golf Saudi CEO hails NEOM & The Line as a future global golf destination Al Sorour confirmed preparations for February's Saudi International are now complete    Al-ittihad's Mosaad Aldossary emerges winner in eMBS    Xposure brings world's best visual storytelling to Sharjah    Nepali climbers make history with first winter summit of K2    French Driver Peterhansel Wins Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia 2021    Rangers win Old Firm derby, 50 years since Ibrox disaster    Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 Rally to fully Kick off for 13-Day on Sunday    Saudi Film Commission Opens Registration Doors for Digital Filmmakers' Program    Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 Rally to Kick off, on Saturday    Saudi Arabia Names " Scales" Film to Represent it in Oscars    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Court facilitates young woman's marriage after stripping father's guardianship    Bahrain's top Islamic body condemns attempts to insult Muslim symbols    Saudi man accused of harassing foreign wife asked to be produced before court Court allows divorce, custody of children by mother    S. P. Bala, legendary Indian singer, dead at 74    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    Senior Scholars Council Issues Decision No. 246 Regarding Attendance of Friday Prayer and Prayers at Mosques in a Case of Spread of Epidemic or Fear of its Spread    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Johnson, von der Leyen to speak after Brexit talks stall once again
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 05 - 12 - 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the EU's Commission president Ursula von der Leyen are set to talk on Saturday after EU-UK trade talks once again came to a halt.
The Brexit talks were put on hold after Brussels and London failed to reach an agreement on Friday, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said.
Taking to Twitter, Barnier confirmed that after "intense negotiations" in the British capital, he and the UK's chief trade negotiator David Frost had agreed to suspend talks between Britain and the bloc.
"After one week of intense negotiations in London, together with @DavidGHFrost, we agreed today that the conditions for an agreement are not met, due to significant divergences on level playing field, governance and fisheries," he wrote.
"We agreed to pause the talks in order to brief our Principals on the state of play of the negotiations. President von der Leyen and Prime Minister Johnson will discuss the state of play tomorrow afternoon".
This pause in negotiations is the latest in a series of delayed deadlines to reach a deal. Initially, negotiators had set the goal of tying up negotiations by October. When this deadline was missed, it was resolved to finalize a deal by mid-November.
Speaking in Brussels, European Council President Charles Michel noted the previous delays, adding that there was still time for the negotiations to successfully conclude.
"We will see what will happen in the next days," he said. "But the end of December is the end of December and we know that after 31st December, we have 1st January, and we know that we need to have clarity as soon as possible."
Barnier has been in London for intensive talks since the start of the week as negotiations entered a critical phase. It had been hoped that the UK and the EU would finalize an agreement by Friday.
In near-identical posts on Twitter, both Barnier and Frost indicated that there remained "significant divergences" between the two teams.
State aid subsidies, fishing rights, and the means of arbitrating future disputes continue to be sticking points in the negotiations.
Earlier on Friday, a spokesperson for Downing Street warned that London would not accept "an agreement which does not respect fundamental principles of sovereignty".
In an interview with the BBC on Friday, the UK's Business Secretary Alok Sharma had also indicated that Britain was "committed to reaching an agreement".
"But, of course, time is short and we are in a difficult phase. There's no denying that," he added. "There are a number of tricky issues that still have to be resolved."
Irish premier Michéal Martin said on Friday that he expected negotiations to carry on through the weekend, adding that he "fervently hoped" a final deal could be struck.
The Taoiseach also stressed that it was important that the 27 EU member states and the UK gave negotiators "the space to conclude these talks".
His comments came after the French European Affairs Minister, Clément Beaune said that France was preparing for a no-deal Brexit scenario, adding that the country would use its veto to strike down what it considered a bad deal.
In an interview with French radio station Europe 1, he said: "If there was an agreement that was not good, we would oppose it". He added: "Every country has the right of veto... We owe it to the French, we owe it to our fishermen and to other economic sectors".
If a trade deal is not reached by the end of the agreed transition period on Dec. 31, the two sides will revert to trading on World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, which will mean tariffs. — Euronews


Clic here to read the story from its source.