EU leaders have called for post-Brexit trade talks to continue beyond the end of the week – the deadline suggested by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
At a two-day summit in Brussels beginning on Thursday, they called on the united kingdom to “make the required moves” towards a deal. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said fresh “intensive” talks should aim to succeed in a deal round the end of October. But his UK counterpart said he was “disappointed” by the EU’s approach. Lord David Frost tweeted the EU was expecting “all future moves” for a deal to return from the united kingdom , which he called an “unusual approach to conducting a negotiation”. He added the prime minister would react to the EU’s position because the summit wraps abreast of Friday. PM ‘disappointed’ with pre-summit trade progress Nine moments that specify where Brexit possesses to
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Both sides are calling on one another to compromise on key issues, including fishing and limits on government subsidies to businesses. they’re seeking an agreement to control their trading relationship once the UK’s post-Brexit transition period ends in December. Following the talks on Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said “in some places there was movement, in other places there’s still tons of labor to try to to .” “We have asked Great Britain to still be willing to compromise towards an agreement. Of course, this also means we’ve to form compromises,” she told reporters. European Council President Charles Michel said the EU would decide whether talks should continue within the coming days, supported the UK’s next move. Mr. Barnier said negotiations were “not finished”, and therefore the EU was able to accelerate talks from Monday for the “two or three weeks that remain before us”. Earlier, during a conclusions document issued during the summit, the EU said progress in key areas was currently “not sufficient” to succeed in a deal. It asked Mr. Barnier to “continue negotiations within the coming weeks”.
The formal written conclusions of EU leaders’ Brexit meeting seemed harsher than expected. They insisted it had been up to the united kingdom to form “the necessary moves” for a deal to be reached. No hint that the EU too was preparing to compromise – and words matter in these sensitive negotiations. The UK’s chief negotiator immediately took to Twitter to object. He also noted that, while EU leaders had involved negotiations to continue, their document didn’t describe them as “intensive” talks. Minutes after, the ecu Commission tweeted that its chief negotiator Michel Barnier had involved fortnight of intensive ask start as of Monday.
So what can we learn from this confused war of words? Negotiations are drawing to an in depth , difficult political compromises loom for each side , tempers are frayed, and time is tight. All eyes are on Boris Johnson on Friday, when he has promised to announce the UK’s next move.2px presentational grey line because the summit got under way, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she would be self-isolating for the second time during a month after a member of her staff tested positive for Covid-19.
In a tweet, she added she had tested negative herself but would be leaving the summit “as a precaution”.
Arriving at the summit, French President Emmanuel Macron said his country’s fishermen wouldn’t “in any situation” be “sacrificed to Brexit”. “We didn’t choose Brexit. Preserving access for our fishermen to British waters is a crucial point for us,” he told reporters.