Number 10 has always said that the UK will be supportive, cooperative and “engage constructively” in talks with the EU in these negotiations, during the transition period, with the deadline fast approaching.
Even though this discussion took place between the two negotiators, Downing Street made it clear that it would never give away the aim of becoming an independent state. “In terms of the discussions that we have been having throughout the intensified process, they have continued to be constructive, but significant differences still remain on a number of important issues.”
Clear divides remain in these negotiations in many areas even though the two sides have constructively tried to build an agreement, upon till now nothing has worked and the division between the two parties is still vast.
Difficult discussions could mean a further standoff between the two sides in the next round of talks. Britain wants the EU to change its stance on fishing rights after the EU had pushed for continued access into UK fishing waters, post-transition deadline, which the UK see as a breach of sovereignty.
Britain is also against the EU’s dead in the water “Level Playing Field” demand. Again, if Britain signed up to the “Level playing field”, Britain would not be able to do competitive trade deals with third nations due to the UK having to be signed up to continued EU rules.
A Downing Street spokesman man said: “Our position on our sovereignty, laws and fisheries is clear; we will not give up our rights as an independent state,”
Even though the UK left the EU last January, due to Theresa May’s botched negotiations, the UK had to remain in a transition period for a year. This is to see if a deal could be made between the two sides.