While the UK is upbeat about some progress in negotiations being made, the same cant be said for the EU. A big canyon remains between the two sides on fisheries which have so far been a highly contentious area for negotiations.
With only a week to go till the October 15 deadline, time is indeed running out for the two sides to make a deal. On October 15-16 Ursula von der Leyen will meet with Boris for the second time to take stock of negotiations.
The PM spokesperson said: “Although some progress had been made in recent discussions, they acknowledged that significant areas of difference remain, particularly on fisheries,” a Downing Street spokesman said. “Chief Negotiators should continue to work intensively in the coming days to try to bridge the gaps.
He added: “The Prime Minister outlined our clear commitment to trying to reach an agreement, underlining that a deal was better for both sides. He also underlined that, nevertheless, the UK was prepared to end the transition period on Australia-style terms if an agreement could not be found.”
An EU official spoke out to Politico.eu: “We are seriously questioning their tactic and why they are sending these kinds of messages as there is no deal in sight at all at this point.
“There’s clearly a spin that the UK wants to get out there: a deal is within reach, only fish is still a problem. “That’s complete nonsense, as a deal on none of the EU’s red lines is nowhere in sight at this stage.”