WORLD EU, UK must renegotiate 600 agreements


EU, UK must renegotiate 600 agreements


10:10, January 10, 2020


EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (C, pictured August 22, 2019. Photo: AFP) 

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- The United Kingdom is a member of the EU in 600 international agreements, which expire at the end of the year when the transition period for Brexit expires and "the time to negotiate is very short", said EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier here on Thursday. 

"Britain has 600 international agreements. We have to rebuild everything and time is very short," he said at the European Commission Representation in Sweden. "If we agree on everything that is on the 36 pages, it will take much longer than 11 months." 

He listed three areas he wants to prioritize: firstly, to create a structure where the EU and the UK continue to meet regularly to coordinate their interests in climate issues, the Middle East peace and more. Secondly, to work closely with security issues to combat terrorism, cybercrime, threats from foreign powers and so on. Thirdly, to agree on a far-reaching trade agreement, including fishing, which is based on the UK's compliance with EU labor law, environmental standards, tax levels and state aid.

"Competing for social and environmental standards only leads to a downward spiral where workers, consumers and the planet lose out," Barnier emphasized.

According to Swedish Daily News (DN), Barnier came to Stockholm directly from a meeting in London. And he is on a tour of EU Member States to listen to various national interests ahead of the new negotiations pending with Britain.

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