This week we have the return of the EU – UK trade negotiations between Michel Barnier EU and David Frost UK for a third week in a row.
These weekly talks come as the two sides agreed to intensify negotiations between the two sides in an effort to seek common ground for a base of a trade deal. The Brexit discussion will take place in Brussels between Wednesday and Friday.
Britains negotiator has said they hope the talks finally seek a way through the significant differences that still block the way to a trade deal. It’s said that to hurry things along Mr Frost May ask for a list of “political trade-offs” which the EU quickly refused to do so.
An EU source said: “It’d be better to start working on the legal text, but for that, we need more convergence.
“There’s a point when the British are going to have to engage if they don’t want this process to sink.”
A UK Government spokesman said: “Intensified discussions with the EU are ongoing. These continue to be constructive and useful, although significant differences still remain between us on a number of important issues.
“We remain committed to working hard to find an early understanding on the principles underlying an agreement out of the intensified process, and we look forward to the upcoming talks this week.”
One close source to the negotiations states: “There’s progress in as far as we are still talking.” But nothing more. Discussions are set to continue in Brussels tomorrow, till Friday, when we will be given an update of progress.
The new European Rotating President Chancellor Merkel has already fired the warning to prepare for a no-deal exit.