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Weekend Reads Brexit: Brussels and London continue to gauge each other

22:05  19 october  2020
22:05  19 october  2020 Source:   lefigaro.fr

Brexit: Brussels is alarmed, France wants to be “very firm” on fishing

 Brexit: Brussels is alarmed, France wants to be “very firm” on fishing © Pete Linforth / Pixabay Brexit: Brussels is alarmed, France wants to be “very firm” on fishing While "the time is running out "on the post-Brexit discussions, the European Union is demanding substantial progress from the United Kingdom on 3 key points. Clément Beaune wants "a very united position of the 27 of the EU", but also "very firm", on fishing. The clock is ticking on the post-Brexit discussions front .

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay told MPs on Wednesday that Mr Johnson "will comply with the law" regarding the terms of any further extension. If Mr Johnson gets an agreement with Brussels , he will ask MPs to back it and agree the next steps in an emergency sitting of Parliament on Saturday.

Other key figures on the British side include Sir Tim Barrow, the UK's permanent representative in Brussels and The UK has hit back, pointing out that it has been publishing position papers ahead of each round of Brexit -supporting colleagues, such as Liam Fox and Michael Gove, have indicated

Lundi après-midi, David Frost et Michel Barnier (ici à Bruxelles, le 2 mars), en charge des négociations pour le Royaume-Uni et l’UE, essayaient de voir comment organiser la suite des discussions. © POOL / REUTERS Monday afternoon, David Frost and Michel Barnier (here in Brussels, March 2), in charge of negotiations for the United Kingdom and the EU , were trying to see how to organize the continuation of the discussions.

Will they finally get into the hard? After the temperature rises and exchanges of courtesies of the last few days, Brussels and London tried on Monday to restart the negotiations. Time is running out as the transition period ends on December 31, ten weeks from now.

In the morning, the joint committee responsible for the proper implementation of the divorce agreement met in London, headed by Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic and British Minister Michael Gove. An opportunity for the Europeans to once again warn London about respecting the Irish protocol.

British fishermen hope to hook a Brexit deal to their advantage

 British fishermen hope to hook a Brexit deal to their advantage © Provided by Le Point On board his trawler in the name of the circumstance, the "Not too early" ("About Time "), Neil Whitney hopes to see the British government take in its nets, during negotiations at the last hour, a post-Brexit agreement favorable to the fishermen of the United Kingdom . "We want control of our territorial waters, of our fishing quotas and we have to build the future.

The UK also continues to pay into the EU budget. Brexit supporters have long argued that allowing the UK freedom to set its own trade policy will benefit the However, the arrangement will mean that certain goods arriving in Northern Ireland from other parts of the UK (England, Scotland and Wales)

Brexit brings about the end of a tumultuous three-and-a-half year departure process that has caused turmoil in the U.K.'s political establishment, economic uncertainty and heightened tensions between the U.K. and the EU — its largest single trading partner as a bloc.

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In the afternoon, Michel Barnier and David Frost , in charge of negotiating future relations, tried to see how to organize the continuation of the discussions while the two parties are still blocking on three subjects: the rules of fair competition, fisheries and the governance of the agreement. No major breakthroughs. Brussels and London continue to gauge and test each other. And, as always, the British are not the last to play this game. Michael Gove again criticized the Europeans on Monday for failing to meet the October 15 deadline when it is now officially a question of giving themselves until the end of October and until mid-November unofficially. " There is no sense in continuing to negotiate. As long as the EU maintains its position, such discussions will not make sense , "he said. So much for the still very tonic form.

Brexit: The Twenty-Seven will authorize the continuation of negotiations with London

 Brexit: The Twenty-Seven will authorize the continuation of negotiations with London GB-UNION-BREXIT: Brexit: The Twenty-Seven will authorize the continuation of negotiations with London © Reuters / VINCENT KESSLER BREXIT: THE TWENTY-SEVEN WILL AUTHORIZE CONTINUATION OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH LONDON BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European leaders meeting at a summit this Thursday and Friday in Brussels will authorize the continuation of negotiations with London for the “next weeks”, according to the draft conclusion of the European Council.

May sought to unlock Brexit talks after Brussels demanded more clarity on the crunch issues of budget payments German Chancellor Angela Merkel joins other EU leaders for a breakfast meeting during an EU Brexit so far: in pictures. The game moves to transition. Brexit Secretary David Davis gives

LONDON will continue to flourish after the UK leaves the European Union and the city is Europe's only 'true metropolis', a German business expert has declared. In a blow to Brussels chiefs, the former editor-in-chief of Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung in Germany said London will not “perish” after Brexit .

Basically, however, there was the will to get off on the right foot. Michel Barnier said the " EU remains available to intensify discussions in London this week, on all subjects and on the basis of the legal texts".

"Commedia dell’ arte "

The chief negotiator and his teams have always considered that there is no point in moving forward on legal texts if there is no substantive agreement on the key points. But, this had long been a request from London. And Gove on Monday saw a small victory vis-à-vis Brussels. " Obviously we have to make sure we work on the basis of the intensification that they are proposing ," he said, changing the way. " I'd rather look to the future with optimism than look back with anger ," he added.

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On the European side, we are much less optimistic. " This story of legal texts is commedia dell’arte ," sighs a European source. If London and Brussels now say they are ready to resume discussions, it remains to be seen when this will be possible. The differences remain. Monday evening, no appointment was scheduled. Michel Barnier and David Frost could talk to each other again on Tuesday.

Brexit: London is trying to ally ... the rest of the world .
© Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters Liz Truss, British Secretary of State for International Trade and Toshimitsu Motegi, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, euphoric after the signing of the free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and Japan on October 23. As negotiations drag with Brussels, the UK is rushing to forge new trade deals with countries outside the EU. But “good clients” are slow to sign. It's the deal of the century, according to Boris Johnson .

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