Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she expected the Withdrawal Agreement to be ratified on the British side by January | Alain Jocard/AFP via Getty Images
After Tory election romp, EU adopts new Brexit slogan
Von der Leyen lays out plan for new ‘sequencing’ as leaders in Brussels say ‘level playing field’ is crucial.
Updated 12/13/19, 8:27 PM CET
A day after the U.K. election, EU27 leaders took up a new position: “Let’s get Brexit done!”
And if that wasn’t familiar enough to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, they also warned that the clock is still ticking.
Speaking at the end of an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she expected the Withdrawal Agreement to be ratified on the British side by January, and to move swiftly into negotiations on a new trade relationship.
She and other EU27 leaders said their top priority would be to maintain a “level playing field” between the EU and the U.K. — in an effort to prevent economic competition from undermining regulatory standards or putting the bloc at other disadvantages.
“Our goal is we aim at zero tariffs, zero quotas, zero dumping,” von der Leyen said at a news conference beside Council President Charles Michel. “This is important for us and this is what we work for.”
“We will have to prioritize, prioritize insofar as we will put specific focus on those issues that [would be at] an economic cliff edge at the end of 2020”