The first face to face negotiations since the coronavirus lockdown took place between the UK and EU in Brussels last week; this week negotiations continue in London where its said negotiations are heating up over fisheries and the “level playing field” demand by the EU.
Any improvement on the current progress of negotiations may seem a distant wish for the EU, as David Frost, UK negotiator, said that “Significant differences” remain in key areas of the talks. Mr Barnier, EU’s negotiator, decided to aim blame at Britain due to last weeks collapse in talks saying, Britain hasn’t taken part in these negotiations “constructively”, meaning Barnier is upset due to Britain refusing to bow down to EU demands on their “Level Playing field” and demands on fisheries.
Mr Barnier statement said: “Our goal was to get negotiations successfully and quickly on a trajectory to reach an agreement.”
“However, after four days of discussions, serious divergences remain.
“The EU side had listened carefully to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statements in recent weeks, in particular, his request to reach a political agreement quickly, and his red lines: no role for the European Court of Justice in the UK; no obligation for the UK to continue to be bound by EU law; and an agreement on fisheries that shows Brexit makes a real difference.”
The EU goes on to state what their demands are in these ongoing negotiations. Barnier said: “The EU’s position remains, based on the Political Declaration, that there will be no economic partnership without:
robust guarantees for a level playing field – including on state aid – to ensure open and fair competition among our businesses;
a balanced, sustainable and long-term solution for our European fishermen and women;
an overarching institutional framework and effective dispute settlement mechanisms.
And we will continue to insist on parallel progress on all areas.”
Barnier then lays blame with Britain on why the negotiations collapsed in Brussels last week saying: “The EU expects, in turn, its positions to be better understood and respected in order to reach an agreement. We need an equivalent engagement by the United Kingdom.”
“We continue to believe that an agreement is possible and in everyone’s interest.”
We look forward to the next round of negotiations in the week of 20 July.”
“In the meantime, and as agreed, we will continue our discussions in London next week.”
As Chancellor Merkel takes over the European rotating presidency for six months, her maiden speech said the EU needed to prepare for no-deal saying: “prepare for the case that an agreement is not reached”.
Negotiations take place this week, in London for the 6th round of talks. Any improvement on the current stalemate in these talks would mean one side dropping its red lines. So far the cards are held by the UK on fisheries and its rejection refusing to agree with the level playing field by the EU. The Brexit saga continues…
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