Last night, UK Brexit negotiator David Frost met up with his EU counterpart for late informal dinner. This meeting between the two fires the starting gun of the seventh round of talks between the two sides.
In this seventh round of negotiations, the two sides are looking to bridge significant gaps in negotiation talks to secure a deal. Looking a precedent, it seems unlikely the two sides will come two an agreement unless major concessions come from both sides.
It’s been reported that 50 UK civil servants will be on the trip joining David Frost. The UK is set to be steadfast in its stance on its redlines set by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Fishing water rights will also be a contentious subject after Macron threatened Britain with claims for compensation if the French fishermen don’t get a status quo deal.
Brussels are said to be confident it can make Britain waiver in these talks but as it looks the EU are under major pressure to secure a deal especially on fisheries.
One EU source has told Politico: “The UK desperately needs this deal.
“If the clock is ticking, reality will start to sink in in London.
“The UK might not always have behaved rationally in its negotiations with Brussels, but surely the pandemic and the lack of trade alternatives must lead to some reason in London.”
British officials bashed down the claims saying “a bit of a stretch” to say just because the negotiations have stalled we will jump at any demand by the EU to complete a deal.
These talks are set to take place till Thursday with a breakfast roundup on the Friday.
They have allotted a big portion of time to be spent talking about fisheries as the EU are hoping for a deal on access and quotas before the year end.
Just want to say to Boris and David Frost, don’t back down and keep strong on the redlines.