With the next round of talks starting on Tuesday, negotiators have time against them if a deal is to be done before the transition deadline which is set for December 31st 2020.
In the last negotiations that took place in London, the two sides ended in deadlock after clashes erupt over the two areas of fishing and the “Level Playing Field”.
A government spokes person said that they would try to “Plug gaps” in the next round of negotiations. Number 10 said: “There are many issues that will be discussed during this week’s round, not least level-playing field, fisheries, trading goods and services amongst others.”
“There are many areas where there is convergence, but we will continue to work to plug the gaps where any differences remain.”
“Our assessment is that a deal can still be reached in September.”
With the EU have been persistent with pushing for a “Level Playing Field”, many brexiteers have seen this stance as disrespecting the direction of the UK becoming an independent, free, coastal nation away from the clutches of the EU. The EU continues to try and blame Britain for lack of progress in the talks, yet it’s the EU stance that is holding up progress.
Boris has ruled out any extension to the transition period, Meaning the short time available for a deal is against Barnier.
Barnier has said that for a deal to be completed it needs to be done by October to allow enough to get the deal passed. Boris has also noted that negotiations can’t go on into the autumn as Britain and Businesses need certainty and time to prepare to leave the transition period.