UK trade negotiator, David Frost, fires this stern warning to Brussels before negotiations kick off tomorrow.

As negotiation talks get underway tomorrow (Monday 29th June), the stakes are high for the EU. These next set of negotiation talks are set to be far more intense than previous negotiations between the two sides.

On Friday, UK Chief negotiator David Frost sent out several tweets laying out the road ahead for Britain in the coming talks. David sent a stern message: “UK sovereignty, over our laws, our courts, or our fishing waters, is of course not up for discussion”, and finished with a clear warning, saying: “Finally, I want to be clear that the Government will not agree to ideas like the one currently circulating giving the EU a new right to retaliate with tariffs if we chose to make laws suiting our interests. We could not leave ourselves open to such unforeseeable economic risk.”

These talks are of significant importance to the EU, as its coastal member nations around the coast depend on having unfettered access to what will soon be sovereign British Fishing grounds.
The French are still adamant that they want unrestricted access to fishing grounds along with the same quota as now. The UK government has continually trashed that idea saying no free trade deal includes giving away control of sovereignty.
Below is David Frost’s tweet in full along with the timetable for negotiations next week.
EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier under major pressure.
The next round of talks with the EU begins on Monday 29 June.  This is the start of the intensified process. We have published the agenda:
For the first time since March we will meet face to face, in Brussels. We look forward to welcoming the EU team to London the week after. These meetings will be smaller and focused on seeing whether we can begin to make genuine and rapid progress towards an agreement.  
David Frost keeping Boris Johnson’s redlines tough in these negotiations.
We will go to Brussels in good faith to engage with the EU’s concerns. This needs to be a real negotiation and some of the EU’s unrealistic positions will have to change if we are to move forward.  
We have noted carefully what the EU has said in recent days on this subject and look forward to discussing it. UK sovereignty, over our laws, our courts, or our fishing waters, is of course not up for discussion. Equally we do not seek anything which would undermine the integrity of the EU’s single market. 
Finally, I want to be clear that the Government will not agree to ideas like the one currently circulating giving the EU a new right to retaliate with tariffs if we chose to make laws suiting our interests. We could not leave ourselves open to such unforeseeable economic risk.
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