EC announces emergency 'no deal' Brexit plans

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(VOVWORLD) - EC President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday published an emergency back-up plan in case the UK and the EU cannot reach a post-Brexit trade agreement by December 31.

EC announces emergency 'no deal' Brexit plans - ảnh 1(From left) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Charles Michel, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel at the EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium on December 10, 2020 (Photo: REUTERS / VNA)

She said on Twitter negotiations are still ongoing but given that the end of the transition is very near, there is no guarantee that, if and when an agreement is found.

She said the EU will prepare for all possible scenarios, including a no-deal Brexit. The plan, scheduled to come into effect on January 1, aims to make sure air and road traffic can continue as smoothly as possible for the next six months and allow reciprocal fishing access by the EU and the UK to each other's waters.