EU-UK TRADE TALKS COLLAPSE OVER “SERIOUS DISAGREEMENTS”


03/07/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- The UK and EU have said serious differences remain over a post-Brexit trade deal, following the latest negotiations in Brussels. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the bloc's position needed to be "better understood and respected" by the UK if an agreement is to be found. His UK counterpart David Frost said "significant" disagreement remained on "a number of important issues".

“Our goal was to get negotiations successfully and quickly on a trajectory to reach an agreement,” Barnier said in a statement. “However, after four days of discussions, serious divergences remain.” The former French minister said Brussels had “listened carefully” to Boris Johnson when he had told the EU’s institutional leaders two weeks ago during a videoconference he wanted “political agreement” over the summer on the terms of a deal.

“We have completed our discussion of the full range of issues in the negotiation in just over three days,” Frost said. “Our talks were face-to-face for the first time since March and this has given extra depth and flexibility to our discussions. “The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful. But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.” Frost said the British side still wanted “an early understanding on the principles underlying an agreement” secured by the end of July, however German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned talks could stretch into the autumn. The two sides are due to resume talks next week in London.


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