İrem UZUN -TDO- Face-to-face negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union over a trade deal have restarted in a last-ditch attempt to find agreement with just five weeks to go before their current relationship ends. EU negotiator Michel Barnier, who arrived for the talks in London on Saturday, said on Friday night he was very happy to be back in the city and would keep working with “patience and determination”.
Earlier, Boris Johnson insisted the likelihood of a deal depended on the EU. Speaking on Friday, the prime minister told reporters that "there's a deal there to be done if they want to do it". But he added "substantial and important differences" remained between the two sides, with just over a month left before a December deadline.
Both sides are calling for the other to compromise on the three main issues of contention – fishing, state aid and how to resolve any future disputes. The UK left the bloc on January 31 this year and a “no-deal” final exit would snarl borders, spook financial markets and disrupt delicate supply chains that stretch across Europe and beyond – just as the world grapples with the vast economic cost of the COVID-19 outbreak.