Von der Leyen could ‘rush through’ Brexit deal without ratification from EU member states

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Confidential diplomatic notes suggest that EU officials think a Brexit deal is 95 percent agreed. However they remain concerned that talks could break down before the end of the transition period in December. Sky News’ Europe Correspondent, Adam Parsons, explained how an agreement could be “rushed through” in order to meet the deadline.

He said: “That 95 percent figure does jump out at you but you can read it in two ways.

“One is to say that 95 percent is pretty much across the line, there is only a smidgen left to do.

“The cynics might say that that five percent is going to be the hardest of all.

“When I look at these notes, I can see that countries are constantly raising their own issues, their own particular problems.”

Mr Parsons continued: “Lots of them want contingency plans, and lots of talk also about how a deal could be rushed through if it’s achieved.

“One thing that jumps out is something called provisional application.

“What that might mean is that if a deal is agreed at the last-minute, it’s put in place before it’s even ratified.

“One source told me that would be a very precarious option.”

If the UK and EU reach a deal on a future relationship agreement, the deal needs to be ratified.

This means that once the Commission reaches agreement on the EU’s behalf approval is needed by the Council and Parliament.

In the UK, the system is much less rigorous as there is no requirement for a debate in Parliament.

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Mr Parsons told Sky about some of the issues that remain in the deal negotiations: “Some of them we haven’t really talked about.

“We know issues about governance and fisheries, and also on competition rules.

“But there are other things, including problems around the UK’s exclusion of workers from the scope of additional healthcare costs.

“Differences in family allowances, on financial services and so on and so on.

“So there is still quite a long way to go.”

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