Both sides had recently tried to increase the pressure. The British government announced that it would bring back the controversial clauses of its internal market law – and thereby endanger the exit agreement that was concluded just over a year ago.
EU Council President Charles Michel warned against a veto by the member states. He was probably referring to the French President Emmanuel Macron. He had recently announced that he would only agree to a treaty if the long-term interests of his country were preserved. “Maintaining our fishermen’s activities in British waters is an important condition,” Macron said. But the threats had no effect.
It appears that the negotiators have now exhausted their mandate. Your demands are probably too far apart. Johnson and von der Leyen should have a little more leeway. But as the representative of 27 member states, the Commission President also has a lot to get under one roof.
Johnson always insisted that Britain would not have to make any painful compromises if it left the EU. With the slogan “Get Brexit Done” (for example: pull through Brexit), he won a clear victory in the parliamentary elections a year ago. He therefore turned down an extension of the transition phase, which will now end in just under four weeks. Britain will thrive on a “no deal,” said Johnson. It should now be difficult for him to make the concessions necessary for a deal without alienating some of his supporters.