It’s being reported that UK chief negotiator David Frost has given a “draft legal text” of a free trade agreement on the areas that the two sides agree on. This draft document was given to EU negotiator Michel Barnier on Tuesday night when they had a private late-night dinner.
This “draft legal test” was given in an effort by the British to see if the deadlock can be broken between the two sides. Still, Michel Barnier refuses the agreement saying progress would have to be made in critical areas such as fisheries and the level playing field first. The British are said to be extremely frustrated that other regions can not progress forwards in parallel with the negotiations on the most contentious part of the agreement.
After Barnier refused the offer, Mr Frost was quick to warn the EU negotiator that focusing on areas we are deadlocked on only increases the chance of a No Deal exit, especially as time is running out. The PM’s Brexit negotiators have said with the autumn deadline fast approaching; time is running out to do a deal.
The draft legal text which has been given to Barnier has been marked confidential and for EU negotiators eyes only, but this has angered European nation-state diplomats as they have asked for the text to see where potential compromises could come from.
The two sides commented saying – EU: “We’re still where we were in June, and nothing has moved this week.” The UK said: “We are engaging across all areas and want to have a deal ready by September.”
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