United Kingdom won't agree to European Union right to use retaliatory tariffs, says negotiator

Andrew Cummings
June 29, 2020

A round of "intensified negotiations" is due to take place in July.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said on Sunday the United States and Britain could agree a trade deal that did not cover all sectors straight away, instead leaving the more hard issues for a later date.

BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union and United Kingdom negotiators resumed in-person talks on a post-Brexit trade deal on Monday, with both sides insisting that the process must accelerate markedly if they're to reach an agreement by the end of the year.

A newly released survey found just 35% of British people supporting Brexit, with 57% wanting to rejoin the European Union.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel - whose government takes over the presidency of the European Union next week - has also sharpened her public stance, questioning whether London actually wants a deal.

"It would, of course, be in Britain's and all EU member states' interests to achieve an orderly departure", Merkel said in an interview published Saturday by Sueddeutsche Zeitung and other European media.

The latest round of Brexit trade talks gets underway in Brussels on Monday, with both sides hoping to break the deadlock that has stymied discussions so far.

As she hardens the stance on a no-deal Brexit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel signalled of "no compromise" with trade after the UK's exit from the European Union (EU).

Without a new agreement, the two sides would see ties reduced to minimum standards set by the World Trade Organization, with high tariffs and serious disruptions to business.

The EU is much less pressed for time and believes that the vital ratification by the European Parliament and others would require a offer by late October.

In a tweet, Frost reported he was coming to Brussels in "fantastic faith". It marks the first face-to-face meeting of the two negotiators since March.

Other sore points are the role for the EU Court of Justice, access to British waters for European fishermen, as well as the form of the agreement.

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