1. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president
"And as only true friends can, I want to be very honest about what lies ahead of us. During the withdrawal agreement negotiation, there was always the uncertainty around whether Brexit would happen or not. It was an uncertainty that made the negotiations inevitably tense. This fresh negotiation ahead of us will take place against the backdrop of clarity. And mutual interest in making it work. The European Union is ready to negotiate a truly ambitious and comprehensive new partnership with the United Kingdom. We will make as much as we can. We will go as far as we can. But the truth is, that our partnership cannot and will not be the same as before."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president
"And it cannot and will not be as close as before. Because with every choice comes a consequence, with every decision comes a trade off. Without the free movement of people, you cannot have the free movement of capital goods and services. Without a level playing field, on environment, labor, taxation and state aid, you cannot have the highest quality access to the world's largest single market. The more divergence there is, the more distant the partnership will be. And without an extension of the transition period beyond 2020, you cannot expect to agree on every single aspect of our new partnership. We will have to prioritize."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president
"The European Union's objective in the negotiations are clear. We will work for solutions that uphold the integrity of the European Union, its single market and its customs union. There can be no compromise on that. But we are ready to design a new partnership with zero tariffs, zero quotas, zero dumping, a partnership that goes well beyond trade. And it is unprecedented in scope. Everything from climate action to data protection, fisheries, energy, transport, space, financial services and to security. And we are ready to work day and night to get as much done within the time frame we have. None of this means that it will be easy, but we start this negotiation from a position of certainty, goodwill, shared interests and purpose."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president
"The truth is that Brexit will not resolve any of the existing challenges for the European Union, nor for the UK and even being apart and not bound in the treaties, it will require intensive co-operation on our foreign and security policies. That's essential. That's essential because we share so much experience, and because we share so many of the same values. We have to uphold these values not only when it's easy, but above all when it's hard."
The European Commission's president warned Britain on Wednesday that it would not get the “highest quality access” to the European Union's market after Brexit unless it made major compromises.
Ursula von der Leyen said negotiating a new trade deal between the UK and the EU would be tough, and that “with every choice comes a consequence”.
Britain is due to leave the EU on 31 January and begin an 11-month transition period while the two sides negotiate a new economic relationship.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK is seeking a free trade deal, but doesn't want to agree to keep EU rules and standards.
But speaking in London before a meeting with Johnson, Von der Leyen warned that “without a level playing field on environment, labor, taxation and state aid, you cannot have the highest quality access to the world’s largest single market”.
The European Commission president also cautioned that “you cannot expect to agree on every single aspect of our new partnership” by the end of 2020.
Johnson insists he will not extend the transition period beyond 31 December.