It is said that chief negotiator of the European Union could choose a phone call instead of a face to face meeting with UK Brexit negotiator David Frost. Brussels sources said it was a “big if” whether the Frenchman could make the trip to Westminster because of last week’s acrimonious round of discussions. The pair had agreed to two sessions before the next official talks about September 7.
One source stated: “We are not expecting anything high-profile, but there will be contact between both sides.”
Talks between the united kingdom and EU broke up on Friday without any significant progress towards securing a deal made.
Mr Barnier said the process had gone”backwards” and claimed Prime Minister Boris Johnson had reneged on his pledge to put a”tiger in the tank” and accelerate discussions “
On Friday, he explained: “It felt as if we were moving backwards rather than forward.”
“Today, at this stage, an agreement between the united kingdom and EU seems unlikely.”
“I just don’t understand why we’re wasting valuable time.”
Mr Barnier added: “Those who had been hoping for negotiations to proceed swiftly forward this week will have been disappointed.”
“Unfortunately, I too have been frankly disappointed too; I have to say.”
This week, once more, as from the July round, the British negotiators have not shown any real willingness to move forward.”
Mr Frost suggested it was Brussels that had made no agreement more likely with its hardline negotiating tactics.
“The EU remains insisting not only that we should accept continuity with EU state-aid and fisheries policy, but this must be agreed prior to any further substantive work can be carried out in any other area of this discussion, including on legal texts,” Mr Frost said.
“This makes it unnecessarily difficult to make progress. There are vital areas which remain to be resolved, and where there is a wide understanding between negotiators, there is a lot of detail to work through. Time is short for both sides.”
Negotiators were left angry from the EU’s refusal to begin work on a draft arrangement.
One source stated: “The UK has consistently pushed for detailed textual discussions on the core elements of a trade agreement.”
When you consider the lack of trade talk progress between the two sides, the question is, what is the point of continuing with the current negotiations?. Many brexiteers who comment on our posts often say pull out of the talks, and then negotiate after if there is a deal to be had. What’re your thoughts? Have your say below.