Brexit Timeline: The Final Dash for a Historic Trade Agreement
U.K. and European Union negotiators are heading into the final stages of an intense, eight-month negotiation to secure to a comprehensive trade and security agreement.
To reach a deal, both sides still need to find compromises on state aid and fishing -- the two big areas of disagreement that have so far prevented a deal being struck.
Here’s a guide to how the final days of discussions could pan out.
|Monday Nov. 16||Talks resume in Brussels|
|Thursday Nov. 19||EU leaders hold a video-conference call|
|Friday Nov. 20||EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier set to brief EU diplomats on progress. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen may hold a call thereafter -- but this hasn’t been confirmed.|
|Monday Nov. 23||Talks resume in London -- officials hope to make a breakthrough early in the week and reach an agreement.|
|Thursday Dec. 10-11||EU holds a summit. If a deal hasn’t been signed by now, expect preparations for Britain’s messy exit from the single market to figure prominently.|
|Wednesday Dec. 16||European Parliament scheduled to vote on any deal. But this could be delayed to between Christmas and the New Year.|
|Thursday Dec. 31||End of Brexit transition period. The final, immovable deadline. If the two sides haven’t signed a trade deal, Britain will default to trading with the EU on World Trade Organization terms.|
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