Face-to-face European Union trade talks end EARLY with 'significant differences that still remain'

Andrew Cummings
July 4, 2020

For his part, Frost said that the talks had been "comprehensive and useful".

"The EU expects, in turn, its positions to be better understood and respected in order to reach an agreement".

"After four days of discussions, serious divergences remain", he said in a statement.

"We need to get a good deal".

But UK chief negotiator David Frost revealed today that they would be finishing early.

Barnier said in a statement that while "serious divergences remain" he believes "an agreement is possible and in everyone's interest".

Britain's chief negotiator David Frost closely mirrored Barnier's statement, warning that "significant differences" remain.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's official spokesman told journalists in London: "This round of talks has ended early".

"We remain committed to working hard to find an early understanding on the principles underlying an agreement".

The UK has already secured a bilateral deal with AstraZeneca, which is based in Cambridge, but there are fears that some initial vaccines may not be effective and the UK reserves the right to be involved in all projects in the EU's 2020 budget.

One particular European Union official advised the BBC that the planned dialogue for this afternoon was for "more inquiries to be raised" and that "it wasn't a "substantial problem" that the two negotiators would not satisfy tomorrow".

Mr Barnier has so far rejected the proposition and has insisted on a deal covering all aspects of the future relationship and not just trade.

The extent to which the United Kingdom would remain bound by European Union laws, the role of the European Court of Justice post-Brexit, fishing rights and the so-called "level playing field" all still remained to be resolved.

The negotiations were set to resume during the following week in the UK.

The next round of negotiations will take place on July 20th, with the Brexit transition period due to end in December.

The British isles has not however unveiled plans for its article-Brexit point out aid regime, but PM Boris Johnson has beforehand mentioned he desires to make it less hard for the Uk govt to provide assistance to having difficulties firms.

The EU wants to uphold its existing access to British waters for vessels from member states, to avoid economic disruption for their fishermen.

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