The European Union is making a “final push” to strike a Brexit trade deal with Britain, although there are still deep rifts over fishing rights, the bloc’s chief negotiator said on Tuesday.
The UK is in the “last leg of negotiations” with the EU over a post-Brexit trade deal, the foreign secretary has said. Dominic Raab told the BBC it was likely the talks were entering the “last real major week”, and an agreement remained possible if the EU showed “pragmatism”.
France denied the European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier was about to be sidelined by EU leaders in a bid to break the deadlock in trade talks, as reported by British newspaper the Daily Telegraph.
UK has been standing out for the Falklands and its squid and fish sales to the European Union, according to an article from the Financial Times, credited to Jim Brunsden in Brussels, and referred to the post-Brexit EU/UK trade talks.
Britain and the European Union urged each other on Friday to give ground in talks over a post-Brexit trade deal or risk failure in tetchy exchanges after the latest bout of bargaining ended with scant progress.
British and European Union (EU) officials restarted on Monday a week-long round of Brexit trade talks after a break because of the coronavirus, which is making an end-of-year deal look even more unlikely. After a first-round in early March negotiations were suspended for six weeks as officials focused on the deadly virus sweeping Europe.
Britain on Sunday began to detail a hard-line stance in upcoming negotiations with the European Union on future relations, following its historic departure from the bloc. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who will embark on a tour of Asia and Australia this week as he looks to pave the way for global trade deals, warned that London will not accept alignment with EU rules.
Britain's government said on Tuesday it will legislate to ensure a post-Brexit transition period does not extend beyond 2020, sending the pound sinking as the European Union warned of a race against time to agree new trade terms.
Britain and the European Union said on Sunday a lot more work would be needed to secure an agreement on Britain's departure from the bloc. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his Cabinet a last-minute deal was still possible as the two sides pressed on with intensive talks to try to avoid a disorderly Brexit on Oct 31, the date set for Britain's departure.
Britain and Europe's top Brexit negotiators sit down together on Friday to test what British and Irish leaders say might be a pathway to a deal. Technical talks on an agreement to govern Britain's EU divorce are stalled, just days before what had been billed as a last chance European summit.