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Chances of Brexit deal fading every day: European Commission chief

The British government unveiled draft legislation last week which it acknowledges would violate its international legal obligations

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Brussels wants Prime Minister Boris Johnson to scrap what is known as the Internal Market bill

Every passing day reduces chances for sealing a new trade deal with Britain, the European Union’s chief executive said on Wednesday, warning London that there was “very little time” left to put an agreement in place by the end of the year.

In her major annual policy speech, President Ursula von der Leyen dedicated just a few sentences to Brexit, mostly focusing on the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic as well as digital and climate investments.

“With every day that passes, the chances of a timely agreement do start to fade,” von der Leyen told the European Parliament in a “state of the (European) Union” speech styled on the ones US presidents deliver.

First Published: Wed, September 16 2020. 22:27 IST
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