The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, believes that positive changes are observed in the negotiations between the EU and the UK on Brexit. She said this on Monday, taking part in an online conference dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Convention establishing the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
“There is movement in the right direction, and this is good,” the head of the European Commission stressed. “This is a new start with old friends. We are on a straight line leading to the conclusion of the negotiations, and it is of the utmost importance,” said von der Leyen.
“We want to achieve fair rules of the game. Moreover, so that they exist not only at the time of leaving the EU, but also in the longer term,” the head of the European Commission also said.
The UK left the EU on the night of February 1, 2020, after three years of consultation over the terms of the exit. Brussels and London have agreed on a transitional period until the end of this year, during which all European norms apply to the United Kingdom, including those related to trade under the rules of the EU single market. Before the end of the transition period, which the British government has refused to extend, the parties must agree on the format of future relations and conclude a free trade agreement.