Why the Brexit trade talks are still far from over

  • Why the Brexit trade talks are still far from over

Why the Brexit trade talks are still far from over

"The trade talks are over: the European Union have effectively ended them by saying that they do not want to change their negotiating position", his spokesperson said.

European Council President Charles Michel, who is chairing the two-day summit in Brussels, said there was a need for more political will to cut greenhouse gases.

But Lord Frost reportedly responded by telling Mr Barnier there would be little point in him coming to London unless he changed his approach.

"There is only any point in Michel Barnier coming to London next week if he is prepared discuss all the issues on the basis of legal texts in an accelerated way without the United Kingdom being required to make all of the moves", Slack said.

"Finally for first time in my lifetime we have a country on our continent prepared to stand up to these bullies".

The prime minister is due to make a statement on the future path of Brexit negotiations later today, according to the UK's chief Brexit negotiator Lord David Frost.

As he grapples with a accelerating second wave of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Johnson will ultimately have to make the final call on whether to accept a narrow trade deal or go for a more tumultuous no-deal that he would seek to blame on the EU.

A spokesperson from the British government was cool to the idea of Barnier travelling to London next week for further negotiations. "There were none for the withdrawal agreements, there are none for the future relations, but unanimous support for our negotiator Michel Barnier", Macron said.

"They want the continued ability to control our destiny and freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is completely unacceptable", he said. Though the British prime minister left the door open for talks, he indicated he would slam it shut if there was no change from the EU. But we have been clear that there are still differences with fisheries being the starkest.

"Given that this summit appears to explicitly rule out a Canada-style deal, I think that we should ready for January 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia's".

Industry has reacted with alarm at the suggestion, warning of the damage to an economy already stricken by coronavirus if there was no deal by the end of the year.

He aded: "If the European Union and the Prime Minister are really committed to ensuring that the Belfast Agreement is respected, then we encourage both sets of protagonists to get back to the negotiating table - and to do it now". German chancellor Angela Merkel has said both sides would have to make concessions.

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Mike Hawes warned it would have a "devastating impact" on the automotive sector, hitting jobs "in every region of Britain".

"We are ready for a deal, but not at any price", France's President Emmanuel Macron said, insisting that that Britain needed a deal more than the EU.

"I want to be clear - this deal will not be made at any price", he said before he entered the meeting.

All sides have acknowledged that the question of future fishing rights once the current Brexit transition period ends remains among the most hard issues to be resolved.