European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a keynote speech at the London School of Economics on January 8, 2020 | Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images
Von der Leyen: EU to pursue ‘unprecedented’ deal with UK
There will not be enough time in 2020 to negotiate all aspects of the UK-EU relationship, Commission president warns.
Updated 1/8/20, 2:00 PM CET
LONDON — The European Union is ready to work toward a deal of “unprecedented scale” with the U.K. with “no tariffs, no quotas and no dumping,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Speaking at the London School of Economics and Political Science shortly before a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, von der Leyen said the EU “will go as far as we can” but warned that the U.K.-EU relationship after Brexit “will not be as close as before.”
“Our partnership cannot and will not be the same as before. It will not be as close as before because with every choice comes a consequence. With every decision comes a choice,” she said.
“Without free movement of people, you can’t have free movement of capital and goods. The more divergence there is, the more distant the partnership will be. And without an extension of the transition period beyond 2020, you cannot expect to agree on every single aspect of our new partnership. We will have to prioritize. The European Union’s objectives in the negotiation are clear. We will work for solutions that uphold the integrity of the EU,