France: Brexit 'cliff edge situation' would impact UK more than EU — Von der Leyen

If there should be no Brexit agreement by the end of 2020 it would leave both parties in a «cliff edge situation» that would harm both, but mainly the UK, as they could no longer benefit of the EU's trade agreements, said President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen at a EU parliament session in Strasbourg on Wednesday. «[An unorderly Brexit] will clearly harm our interests, but it... Еще will impact more the UK than us, as the European Union will continue benefiting from its single market, its customs union and the 70.000 international agreements we signed with our partners, but it is clearly not in our interest. We will organise these negotiations to make the most out of the short period. On February 1 we will be ready to propose a mandate for the negotiations,» Von der Leyen said. The EU commission president thanked British “Remain MEPs” (Members of the European Parliament) for their «courage» and for having been at the EUs side. European Parliament Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt warned MEPs that there was still «consent» to be given on the final Brexit treaty and that before that could be done, parliament should first solve the issue around the status of European citizens living in the UK and vice versa. «I have received since the elections in Britain hundreds and hundreds of letters and mails of British citizens living in Europe panicking about their statute. I have received hundreds of e-mails of EU citizens living in Britain panicking about their statute,» said Verhofstadt. He added he «will not miss the Brexiteers going out» and told MEP Nigel Farage and «his troops» that they «make a lot of noise for having zero seats in the British elections.» On 13 December UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his new government had «an overwhelming mandate from this election to get Brexit done, and we will honour that mandate by January 31st.» Johnson's Conservatives secured the biggest majority since the 1980s with 364 seats, with one result still to be declared, while the Labour party won 203 seats, down 42 from 2017. Mandatory Credit: European Parliament Pool Mandatory Credit: European Parliament Pool

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