UK vows to uphold its food standards in US trade talks

Cheryl Sanders
July 2, 2020

Mr Frost will take up the new role at the end of August but promised the talks with the European Union "remain my top single priority until those negotiations have concluded, one way or another".

Mr Ferrie said he had "no particular comments to make" about Mr Frost being given a second job while the negotiations continued. "Asked how long negotiations could continue, the spokesman said the PM was clear about 'not wanting to be continuing having talks in October".

The structure of talks on Monday will be more streamlined than the very first rounds, which involved hundreds of civil servants fanned out into separate periods on several topics.

Commerzbank sees a 20% chance of the transition period being extended beyond year-end despite the government's insistence this will not happen.

"But that presupposes that the two sides want this", she added.

But officials acknowledge that the original timetable has been affected by the pandemic.

Until now, talks have been held via video link - a process Mr Frost believes has hindered progress.

He also stated that what he called some of the EU's more "unrealistic positions" will have to change in order to achieve progress. However, he cautioned: "UK sovereignty, over our laws, our courts, or our fishing waters, is of course not up for discussion".

The talks are stalled over the EU's refusal to recognise the UK's right to control its waters and set its own laws.

"We will be constructive, as we have constantly been, and respectful, and we are completely ready to be resourceful to locate widespread ground", Barnier explained to the European Plan Centre in Brussels final week.

Regarding fishing issues, European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius said: "We aim to reach an agreement that would allow for access to United Kingdom waters as of 2021".

"The government will not agree to ideas like the one now circulating giving the European Union a new right to retaliate with tariffs if we chose to make laws suiting our interests", he tweeted.

The meetings will alternate weekly in between Brussels and London through July and at the conclusion of August, as the teams learned on Sunday, the British negotiator David Frost will be promoted to develop into Primary Minister Boris Johnson's national protection adviser.

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