Countdown to Brexit: Euro Weekly News Spain

Ursula von der Leyen with Spanish Premier Pedro Sánchez Credit: La Moncloa flickr

NOW that the dust is beginning to settle following the General Election and as the countdown to Brexit continues, European Union ‘bigwigs’ of all types are making it clear that they don’t think that the end of 2020 will allow for sensible trade deals to be made.

The new European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen has already stated in interviews that she believes that the transition period which Prime Minister Boris Johnson says will end at the end of 2020 regardless may actually be too early.

She has stated that she is “very concerned” about the limited timeframe for talks and suggested that the matter should be reviewed in the middle of the year to consider how far the negotiations had progressed.


A spokesman for No10 has rejected this idea, thus reviving fears of a possible no-deal Brexit if both parties can’t come to an arrangement within the year.

Meanwhile, Dutch European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans wrote what has been dubbed a ‘love letter’ to The Guardian newspaper saying how sad he is that Britain should be leaving the Union and that he for one would welcome the country back at any time in the future once it recognises its mistake.

Some politicians responded thanking him for his kind thoughts and confirming it was a matter of when, not if, whilst other people on Social Media compared it to a sickly piece from a former lover after a break-up.


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