The push for a “Level Playing Field”continues by Barnier, even after being told it will not be accepted.

After Eurocrat Michel Barnier maintained the UK is not sticking to the side of the deal, sources hit back. And he trashed the country’s vote to give up the bloc, saying it was a “lose-lose” for either side.
But a source close to the discussions said Brussels was continuing to push for an overarching deal on future relations that contains an agreement on fishing rights, despite signing up to negotiating conditions that clearly set out that a separate agreement on fish should be in force in July.
“They clearly should reconsider their position to avoid backsliding on the agreement made last autumn and stop making demands incompatible with our future status as an independent coastal state,” the source said.
The latest round of discussions will set the scene for a video conference between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take stock of progress.
Relations between EU and the UK have become strained during the talks, especially fishing rights and field demands that would keep Britain.
Mr Johnson is saying to be ready to walk away from negotiations in September when the EU continues to drag its feet.
Britain has until July 1 to decide whether to extend the transition period, which keeps existing rules in place until the end of the year.
The EU has offered to extend the discussions but UK negotiator David Frost insists that the deadline won’t be shifted because the country needs “political and economic freedom” and does not wish to pay “significant” amounts into EU coffers.
It is believed that talks would be unlikely to be resumed in precisely the form once the transition period has ended.
Senior government sources insisted that the UK is “driving any progress” and the EU is “not ready or not inclined to inject momentum”.
They called for some “political reality” in Brussels and warned negotiators cannot “use their standard tactic of delay” to drag the talks into the fall.
It is understood that during the previous round of talks, the EU wouldn’t participate with the suggestions put forward by the British group and continued to adhere with their own negotiable positions.
But the UK believes that its clear and firm position has sounded alarm bells for some EU countries about the dangers of failing to make progress.
The government has made it clear as they’re now it won’t cave into demands for fishing rights for vessels to stay the same.
Brussels also wants a so-called level playing field, a set of common principles and standards, that the UK would have to abide by, which has caused significant tensions.
Mr Barnier told a Sunday newspaper, there would not be an “arrangement at any cost” and accused Britain of not keeping its commitments.
“The UK negotiators need to be fully consistent with what the Prime Minister signed-up to with us.
“Since 27 heads of state and government and the European Parliament don’t have a short memory.”
Mr Barnier said the EU’s heads of state remembered “very clearly in the text that we negotiated with Boris Johnson”.
“And we only want to see that complied with. To the letter… and if this doesn’t happen there’ll be no agreement,” he told the newspaper.
Mr Barnier insisted UK withdrawal from the EU was a “lose-lose” for either side, stating no-one – not even Nigel Farage – had revealed there was any “added value” to the UK’s departure.
He said that meant the upcoming natural next step in trade negotiations was “damage limitation”, and if no agreement was attained that could result in “even more results” at the worst time possible, given that the coronavirus pandemic.
Leading Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen said the demands Mr Barnier was making were “untenable”.
“No nation would be expected to comply by so-called level playing field rules today and in the future or to commit to allowing unfettered access to their fishing waters in perpetuity.
It comes as the First Minister Arlene Foster of Stormont called for minimum Brexit checks on goods travelling between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
It comes as the First Minister Arlene Foster of Stormont called for minimum Brexit checks on goods travelling between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
The country will need to follow EU rules ensuring accessibility to its market and keeping the border with the Republic of Ireland free-flowing in a concession maintaining peace.
Mrs Foster said: “What we have to do now is minimise those checks and be sure that they don’t harm the economy of Northern Ireland.
“The best way to safeguard the Belfast Agreement and the people of Northern Ireland is to be certain that there aren’t unnecessary checks and the economy suffers as a consequence of the Northern Ireland protocol.
“We must make sure we minimise those checks.”

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