European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said there were “genuine progress” in post-Brexit negotiations with the UK. She emphasized that “the next days are going to be decisive,” on whether a deal could be clinched.
“With very little time ahead of us, we will do all in our power to reach an agreement. We are ready to be creative. But we are not ready to put into question the integrity of our single market,” she added.
“We need to establish robust mechanisms, ensuring that competition is – and remains – free and fair over time. In the discussions about state aid, we still have serious issues, for instance when it comes to enforcement,” said von der Leyen.
She also reiterated, “the European Union is well prepared for a no-deal-scenario, but of course we prefer to have an agreement.”