The negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union on a trade agreement can go beyond this weekend, ” said the French secretary of state for European Affairs. “It is necessary to take the time and not sacrifice our interests under the pressure of a calendar.”
The European Parliament had called for an agreement to be reached by Sunday, so that Parliament still has time to deal with it before 1 January. The European chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Friday that there are only a few hours left to reach an agreement.
But Beaune warns that the negotiators should not make hasty decisions.
“We don’t want a deal at all costs. We are negotiating the biggest agreement the EU has ever concluded.”
The EU and the United Kingdom cannot agree on, among other things, fisheries. Many European countries want access to British fishing waters, but there is still no agreement on that. Agreements must also be reached on a level playing field between British and European companies.