With the negotiation deadline fast approaching, both sides are trying to make significant progress in these talks. The talks have been taking place over videoconference due to the coronavirus outbreak. It has been reported that the two sides are at loggerheads with each other over different rights on fishing and authority of high courts in future disputes.
With a third, week-long, negotiations coming to a close by the end of today, gaps on fundamental areas of the agreement are still vast.
David McAllister, German EU parliamentarian, and EU’s top legislature official on bilateral relations have said: “We have major points of divergence still,”
The UK position remains unwavering. A spokesman (James Slack) for Boris Johnson has said: “The EU has asked for far more from the UK” than they have with any other country in these negotiations. James went on to say: The UK cabinet is stable on the fact that Britain will not be giving in to demands, which would mean “to give up our rights as an independent state.”
At the end of June, both the EU and UK will lead a recap meeting to view whether both sides to continue with the talks or progress towards the exit on WTO terms.
“We are under enormous time pressure and the UK, the government is determined not ask for an extension of the transition period,” McAllister — the German EU parliamentarian — said in an interview with the Associated Press. “We need to see tangible progress in the next weeks.”
It doesn’t help that the EU is now taking the first steps in legal proceedings against the UK. The EU Claim that rules on free movement of its citizens in Britain as guaranteed by the Brexit withdrawal agreement and during the transition period have been broken.
Boris spokesman has said the UK would “look at what the EU has to say, and we will respond in due course.”
The EU also claims that the UK is not taking enough action to ensure that trade will continue to be seamless on the island of Ireland, home to both an EU member state and the UK’s Northern Ireland, once the transition ends.
“We need a credible approach of the UK,” said McAllister.