The UK is able to resume face-to-face commerce negotiations with the EU, PM Boris Johnson’s spokesman mentioned on Thursday. In the meantime, the EU’s chief negotiator reportedly demanded a shift in place by London for talks to proceed.
“We need to resume face-to-face negotiations,” Johnson’s spokesman advised reporters, including that “it’s for the EU to determine when and if they arrive.” The talks are persevering with in a digital mode after a member of the Brussels crew examined constructive for Covid-19 earlier this month, the spokesman famous.
The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, confirmed on Monday that the Brexit talks are persevering with after technical discussions had been held on the weekend.
“Time is brief,” Barnier tweeted. “Basic divergences nonetheless stay, however we’re persevering with to work onerous for a deal.”
Nevertheless, Barnier reportedly warned his British counterpart David Frost on Tuesday that he would pull out of the negotiations in London this weekend if there’s no main negotiating shift by Downing Avenue throughout the subsequent 48 hours, based on the UK’s Guardian newspaper.
Barnier was quoted as saying that additional talks can be pointless if the UK was not prepared to compromise on the excellent points.
These last points in talks on a commerce deal are very tough, Irish Minister for International Affairs Simon Coveney confirmed on Thursday.
“The excellent points round honest competitors and fisheries, and certainly governance in relation to the level-playing-field subject, are proving very, very tough points to make progress on, if the reality be advised,” he defined.
The motivation to safe a deal earlier than the end-of-year deadline was additionally “very, very sturdy,” the Irish minister mentioned, as transferring forward with no deal could possibly be enormously disruptive.
British companies are already dashing to stockpile items 5 weeks earlier than post-Brexit customs checks come into pressure subsequent yr, based on business sources.
And queues of lorries stretching for 5 miles in Kent, England confirmed on Tuesday how the worst-case situation might look. The lengthy strains of lorries as they queued to cross the English channel fashioned after customs officers on the French aspect began a trial of post-Brexit checks to rehearse new immigration procedures.
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