German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that the EU must be prepared for a no deal break with the UK on January 1st, 2012.
Although the UK left the EU in January 2020 regulatory alignment has remained in place to avoid difficulties in trade and a hard border in Ireland as London and Brussels have so far failed to come to a joint agreement on a post-split deal.
While Merkel has said she along with her EU colleagues will continue to push the UK to agree to committing to close ties in various areas across a broad range of areas including fisheries, harmonizing competition standards and financial services among many other flashpoints Reuters has reported.
However, despite the resolute position of the EU, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the UK will not be agreeing the Brussels’ demands in these areas and that it final.
This paradox does not bode well for Ireland which could see Brussels order Dublin to enforce a hard border should a no-deal split become a reality and the Irish border become a genuine external border of the EU.
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