BREAKING – TRADE NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE WITH THE EU TOMORROW – FULL STATEMENT

We have studied carefully the statement by Michel Barnier to the European Parliament this morning. As the EU’s Chief Negotiator his words are authoritative.

The Prime Minister and Michael Gove have both made clear in recent days that a fundamental change in approach was needed from the EU from that shown in recent weeks.

They made clear that the EU had to be serious about talking intensively, on all issues, and bringing the negotiation to a conclusion. They were also clear that the EU had to accept once again that it was dealing with an independent and sovereign country and that any agreement would need to be consistent with that status.

We welcome the fact that Mr Barnier acknowledged both points this morning, and additionally that movement would be needed from both sides in the talks if agreement was to be reached. As he made clear, “any future agreement will be made in respect of the decision-making autonomy of the European Union and with respect for British sovereignty.

Lord Frost discussed the implications of this statement and the state of play with Mr Barnier earlier today. On the basis of that conversation we are ready to welcome the EU team to London to resume negotiations later this week. We have jointly agreed a set of principles for handling this intensified phase of talks.

As to the substance, we note that Mr Barnier set out the principles that the EU has brought to this negotiation, and that he also acknowledged the UK’s established red lines. It is clear that significant gaps remain between our positions in the most difficult areas, but we are ready, with the EU, to see if it is possible to bridge them in intensive talks. For our part, we remain clear that the best and most established means of regulating the relationship between two sovereign and autonomous parties is one based on a free trade agreement.

As both sides have made clear, it takes two to reach an agreement. It is entirely possible that negotiations will not succeed. If so, the UK will end the transition period on Australia terms and will prosper in doing so.

It is essential now that UK businesses, hauliers, and travellers prepare actively for the end of the transition period, since change is coming, whether an agreement is reached or not.

6 thoughts on “BREAKING – TRADE NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE WITH THE EU TOMORROW – FULL STATEMENT

  1. We must not accept ECJ as the final arbiter in any final deal/s UK domestic law must prevail.The Withdrawal agreement is not a complete Treaty without the resolution and fully complete future relationship terms bolted down. Therefore these must be completed in this round or we simply leave on WTO and establish our own bilaterals.

  2. UK should play the EU at its own game and draw out the talks well into 2021 when the EU will be desperate for a deal and sign up to Canada +++

    1. No, Clive, we leave on 31st December. To continue into 2021 would draw us into a whole bag of worms, including financial obligations.

  3. Why restart talks now? We should have left it as it was. No talks till we are totally free and independent (2021) and we shouldn’t lat the EU approach us for a deal till at least 2025, by which time we’ve shown them we don’t need them.

  4. They wants the talks to continue to keep us in ,as they have agreed a covid plan that will cost trillions and they want us to be involved and pay into it , just look at them not trying to keep their economy going just deciding on shutdowns and they will just claim off the fund , take as much as they can and even though there economies are not profitable they will claim to the hilt

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6 thoughts on “BREAKING – TRADE NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE WITH THE EU TOMORROW – FULL STATEMENT

  1. We must not accept ECJ as the final arbiter in any final deal/s UK domestic law must prevail.The Withdrawal agreement is not a complete Treaty without the resolution and fully complete future relationship terms bolted down. Therefore these must be completed in this round or we simply leave on WTO and establish our own bilaterals.

  2. UK should play the EU at its own game and draw out the talks well into 2021 when the EU will be desperate for a deal and sign up to Canada +++

    1. No, Clive, we leave on 31st December. To continue into 2021 would draw us into a whole bag of worms, including financial obligations.

  3. Why restart talks now? We should have left it as it was. No talks till we are totally free and independent (2021) and we shouldn’t lat the EU approach us for a deal till at least 2025, by which time we’ve shown them we don’t need them.

  4. They wants the talks to continue to keep us in ,as they have agreed a covid plan that will cost trillions and they want us to be involved and pay into it , just look at them not trying to keep their economy going just deciding on shutdowns and they will just claim off the fund , take as much as they can and even though there economies are not profitable they will claim to the hilt

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