The EU doesn't want its businesses undercut by different standards out of the United Kingdom. Britain doesn't want to have to adhere to EU rules. A dilemma!
Angela Merkel has said Europe is in one of the "most difficult situations in its history" as it attempts to strike a deal on a coronavirus economic response. She and Ursula von der Leyen called for a rapid agreement.
Germany's chancellor spoke on a wide range of topics in her first trip to Brussels since the pandemic caused lockdowns across the continent. But top of her agenda was the economic recovery from the coronavirus outbreak.
The UK, responsible for a third of the world's €6 billion fine wine trade, could be "sleepwalking into a disaster" if regulations are not amended before January. Britain's fine wines association is worried.
An intense round of post-Brexit negotiations ended early in Brussels with European Commission chief Barnier citing "serious divergences" between the two sides. A new round begins next week in London.
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