This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Belgium: EU to offer 'highly ambitious' trade deal - chief Brexit negotiator Barnier03:30

Belgium: EU to offer 'highly ambitious' trade deal - chief Brexit negotiator Barnier

Belgium, Brussels
February 3, 2020 at 15:08 GMT -00:00 · Published

The EU is ready to offer a "highly ambitious" trade deal with zero tariffs and zero quotas to the United Kingdom, said Michel Barnier, the head of the EU's UK Task Force, during a press conference in Brussels on Monday following Brexit.

'We are ready to offer a highly ambitious trade deal as the central pillar of this partnership. Including zero tariffs and zero quotas on all goods entering our single market of 450 million people,' said Barnier, "eventhough we know that there will be strong competition between the UK, our immediate neighbour, and the EU in the future."

Barnier also said that EU readiness to offer a free trade deal depends on two main conditions, a level playing field on tax, state aid and environmental standards, and access to UK fishing water.

The UK officially left the EU after 47 years of membership on Friday, January 31, more than three years after the country voted to leave in the 2016 referendum.

Belgium: EU to offer 'highly ambitious' trade deal - chief Brexit negotiator Barnier03:30
Pool for subscribers only
No Account? Sign up!
Description

The EU is ready to offer a "highly ambitious" trade deal with zero tariffs and zero quotas to the United Kingdom, said Michel Barnier, the head of the EU's UK Task Force, during a press conference in Brussels on Monday following Brexit.

'We are ready to offer a highly ambitious trade deal as the central pillar of this partnership. Including zero tariffs and zero quotas on all goods entering our single market of 450 million people,' said Barnier, "eventhough we know that there will be strong competition between the UK, our immediate neighbour, and the EU in the future."

Barnier also said that EU readiness to offer a free trade deal depends on two main conditions, a level playing field on tax, state aid and environmental standards, and access to UK fishing water.

The UK officially left the EU after 47 years of membership on Friday, January 31, more than three years after the country voted to leave in the 2016 referendum.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
Pool for subscribers only
00:34
USA: Strong winds and heavy rain as hurricane makes landfall in South CarolinaUSA: Strong winds and heavy rain as hurricane makes landfall in South Carolina
August 4, 2020 at 04:44 GMT -00:00
02:29
Greece: Pilot survives after small plane crashes into house in northern villageGreece: Pilot survives after small plane crashes into house in northern village
August 3, 2020 at 16:29 GMT -00:00
01:42
Ukraine: Special forces detain hostage-taker in Kiev bank Ukraine: Special forces detain hostage-taker in Kiev bank
August 3, 2020 at 15:25 GMT -00:00
03:37
Flying Kicks! Seoul taekwondo master aces stunning 4-metre high kicksFlying Kicks! Seoul taekwondo master aces stunning 4-metre high kicks
August 3, 2020 at 14:07 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:28
USA: Trump agrees to sale of TikTok to Microsoft, says US should get cut of any dealUSA: Trump agrees to sale of TikTok to Microsoft, says US should get cut of any deal
August 4, 2020 at 03:22 GMT -00:00
01:56
Iran: 'Sturgeon Moon' shines above Tehran's night skyIran: 'Sturgeon Moon' shines above Tehran's night sky
August 3, 2020 at 22:29 GMT -00:00
02:09
Spain: 'It was time for him to leave the country' - residents react to Juan Carlos I's departureSpain: 'It was time for him to leave the country' - residents react to Juan Carlos I's departure
August 4, 2020 at 10:45 GMT -00:00
02:48
USA: Protesters march against reopening of schools in NYCUSA: Protesters march against reopening of schools in NYC
August 4, 2020 at 02:08 GMT -00:00
04:40
Italy: 96 y/o grandfather from Palermo becomes oldest university graduate in countryItaly: 96 y/o grandfather from Palermo becomes oldest university graduate in country
July 30, 2020 at 13:02 GMT -00:00
02:26
China: Beijing slams US 'double standards' over TikTok ban threatChina: Beijing slams US 'double standards' over TikTok ban threat
August 3, 2020 at 13:45 GMT -00:00
01:04
Lebanon: Fires rage after major explosion near Beirut portLebanon: Fires rage after major explosion near Beirut port
August 4, 2020 at 16:10 GMT -00:00
01:40
France: 'Sturgeon Moon' brightens Paris night skyFrance: 'Sturgeon Moon' brightens Paris night sky
August 4, 2020 at 01:37 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:49
Belarus: ‘Russia was, is and will always be our closest ally’ - Lukashenko in annual addressBelarus: ‘Russia was, is and will always be our closest ally’ - Lukashenko in annual address
August 4, 2020 at 15:20 GMT -00:00
02:03
Spain: Madrilenians react to ex-King Juan Carlos leaving country amid corruption scandalSpain: Madrilenians react to ex-King Juan Carlos leaving country amid corruption scandal
August 4, 2020 at 02:17 GMT -00:00
03:54
UK: Govt. launches half-price meal scheme 'Eat Out to Help Out' to boost restaurantsUK: Govt. launches half-price meal scheme 'Eat Out to Help Out' to boost restaurants
August 3, 2020 at 22:14 GMT -00:00
03:12
Turkey: Locals react to unfurling of Taliban flag inside Hagia SophiaTurkey: Locals react to unfurling of Taliban flag inside Hagia Sophia
August 4, 2020 at 01:11 GMT -00:00
03:50
Austrian researchers help create mini-helicopter to assist mission to MarsAustrian researchers help create mini-helicopter to assist mission to Mars
August 3, 2020 at 23:55 GMT -00:00
04:27
Italy: Bus drivers learn self-defence to enforce COVID measures in RomeItaly: Bus drivers learn self-defence to enforce COVID measures in Rome
August 4, 2020 at 09:08 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:47
Micronesia: Three sailors rescued from remote island thanks to 'SOS' message on beachMicronesia: Three sailors rescued from remote island thanks to 'SOS' message on beach
August 4, 2020 at 11:37 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:10
UK: Smiley face appears in skies above Bristol as Balloon Fiesta begins in spite of COVIDUK: Smiley face appears in skies above Bristol as Balloon Fiesta begins in spite of COVID
August 3, 2020 at 15:31 GMT -00:00
01:28
USA: Portland demonstrators set Bible and US flag alight on 65th night of protestsUSA: Portland demonstrators set Bible and US flag alight on 65th night of protests
August 1, 2020 at 09:08 GMT -00:00
04:19
Colombia: Engineers design helmet that works as 'protection bubble' against COVID-19Colombia: Engineers design helmet that works as 'protection bubble' against COVID-19
August 1, 2020 at 13:33 GMT -00:00
View all videos