French President Emmanuel Macron and other European leaders are more concern now of a no-deal Brexit than ever, as post-Brexit trade negotiations between the UK and the EU continue to stall.
There hasn’t been any major improvement in the post-trade negotiation between Britain and the European Union after both sides said previously there is hope for a deal to be reached before the end of the transition period.
December 31 is around the corner, and this seems to be the reason why the European leaders look so frustrated. If the transition period will end with a no-deal Brexit as it seems now, then, the European leaders may not have enough time to prepare for the development… which seem to be their concern now.
The EU leaders may at any time from now demand that the European Commission publish its no-deal plans.
“We must now come up with contingency measures. January 1, 2021, is getting close; we need a safety net. Of course, this sends out a political signal. But it is high time to prepare people and businesses in case we cannot fix an agreement in time. I know member states will ask to get contingency measures out into the open,” an EU diplomat said.
European states with the most concerned about post-Brexit fishing rights like France, Netherlands and Belgium seem to be pressing more that the document is published as they have large fishing industries reliant on access to the UK waters.