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Ursula von der Leyen: the EU is ready to design a new, unprecedented partnership


President Ursula von der Leyen
President Ursula von der Leyen

Speaking at the London School of Economics (LSE), the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined broad ideas about building a future EU-UK partnership after the UK leaves the European Union.


President von der Leyen said:

“We are ready to design a new partnership with zero tariffs, zero quotas, zero dumping. A partnership that goes well beyond trade and is unprecedented in scope. Everything from climate action to data protection, fisheries to energy, transport to space, financial services to security. And we are ready to work day and night to get as much of this done within the timeframe we have.”

She warned that the path ahead is not going to be easy:

“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 prioritise. The European Union's objectives in the negotiation are clear. We will work for solutions that uphold the integrity of the EU, its single market and its Customs Union. There can be no compromise on this.”

In the afternoon, the President and the European Commission Chief-Negotiator Michel Barnier meet the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.