The European Union told Britain on Wednesday to make up its mind on Brexit, putting the onus back on London to unlock trade talks as the bloc’s chief negotiator said an agreement was still within reach.
A frustrated EU and piqued Britain both exhorted each other this week to compromise to avoid a disruptive finale to the five-year Brexit drama that would add to economic pain from the coronavirus crisis.
“Time is very short and we stand ready to negotiate 24/7, on all subjects, based on legal texts,” European Council President Charles Michel told the European Parliament. “The UK has a bit of a decision to make and it’s their free and sovereign choice.”
With some 900 billion euros of annual trade at stake in the talks, the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told Parliament an agreement was still possible.
“An agreement is within reach if both sides are willing to work constructively, in a spirit of compromise,” he said.
Britain’s current EU trading terms expire at the end of this year following Brexit and commerce free of tariffs and quotas can no longer be guaranteed from 2021 without a new partnership agreement.
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