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UK News Boris Johnson gives the EU three months to seal a Brexit trade deal as face-to-face talks resume in Brussels

07:50  30 june  2020
07:50  30 june  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

UK-EU talks intensify as negotiators meet to discuss post-Brexit deal

  UK-EU talks intensify as negotiators meet to discuss post-Brexit deal The Brussels discussions will be the first held face to face since the coronavirus crisis took hold.Teams led by the Prime Minister’s Europe adviser David Frost and the EU’s Michel Barnier were meeting in Brussels for the first time since the coronavirus crisis forced talks to be held remotely.

Boris Johnson set a three - month deadline for concluding Brexit trade deal talks yesterday, as face - to - face negotiations resumed in UK PM Boris Johnson has set a deadline of three months to conclude the talks . UK chief Brexit negotiator David Frost will take over as National Security Adviser.

Talks on a future EU -UK trade deal have resumed in Brussels , with negotiators meeting face - to - face for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and his British counterpart David Frost attend negotiations with their teams at EU headquarters in Brussels , Monday

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Boris Johnson set a three-month deadline for concluding Brexit trade deal talks yesterday, as face-to-face negotiations resumed in Brussels.

Downing Street said the Prime Minister would not allow the talks to run beyond September because it would leave businesses with too little time to prepare for the end of the transition period in December.

No 10 confirmed that the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost, will start his new job as the PM’s national security adviser at the end of August.

Barnier: EU ‘calm and united’ as post-Brexit trade talks with UK resume

  Barnier: EU ‘calm and united’ as post-Brexit trade talks with UK resume The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser, David Frost, met in Brussels with their teams.Teams led by the Prime Minister’s Europe adviser, David Frost, and the EU’s Michel Barnier held talks in Brussels for the first time since the coronavirus crisis forced them to be held remotely.

Face - to - face talks on a trade deal between the EU and the UK have kicked off in Brussels , after both sides pledged to "intensify" discussions. Boris Johnson has said a deal could be reached this month with "new momentum". He spoke with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen earlier

EU officials are used to a high staff turnover with the UK having got through three Brexit Secretaries Downing Street said that Mr Frost’s new job meant that the UK wanted to get the trade talks sewn EU officials were bullish about the prospects of getting a trade deal done after Boris Johnson met

Boris Johnson sitting in front of a laptop © Provided by Daily Mail

Mr Frost will not be replaced, but indicated that the Brexit negotiations would remain his top priority ‘until those negotiations have concluded’.

The PM’s official spokesman said this could mean Mr Frost doing both jobs for a time, but stressed this would be for a very limited period at most.

‘Talks can’t go on into the autumn,’ he said. Asked how long negotiations could continue, the spokesman said the PM was clear about ‘not wanting to be continuing having talks in October’.

The move sets a tight timescale for concluding negotiations. The deadline for extending the transition period beyond the end of this year expires today, and the PM’s spokesman confirmed the mechanism would not be triggered.

London and EU resume talks on trade agreement after Brexit

 London and EU resume talks on trade agreement after Brexit © Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD Great Britain and the EU have resumed negotiations on a trade agreement after Brexit. Britain and the EU have resumed negotiations on a trade agreement after Brexit. To start week-long talks, EU negotiator Michel Barnier met his British colleague David Frost in Brussels on Monday, a spokesman for the EU Commission said. The EU's message to London was "to intensify our negotiations in order to make progress and reach an agreement". Great Britain left the EU on January 31.

Negotiators from the UK and European Union ( EU ) were meeting face to face in an effort to intensify talks on a post- Brexit trade deal . Teams led by the Prime Minister’s Europe adviser David Frost and the EU ’s Michel Barnier were meeting in Brussels for the first time since the coronavirus crisis forced

EU COMMISSION President Ursula von der Leyen has sent a start warning to Boris Johnson as fresh Brexit negotiations get underway. The EU boss boasted the bloc is better prepared for a no deal situation than the UK as negotiators from both sides met in Brussels today with efforts to strike a

David Frost wearing a suit and tie: Downing Street also confirmed today that the UK's chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost (pictured), will begin his new role as PM's national security advisor at the end of August © Provided by Daily Mail Downing Street also confirmed today that the UK's chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost (pictured), will begin his new role as PM's national security advisor at the end of August

This means that the UK will be fully out of the EU by January 1, with or without a trade deal. No deal would result in both sides levying tariffs on each other’s goods.

The PM had originally threatened to walk away from the talks at the end of this month unless a deal was in sight. 

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

The new deadline emerged as Mr Frost travelled to Brussels for the first face-to-face negotiations with his EU counterpart Michel Barnier since the lockdown began.

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Until now, talks have been held via video link – a process Mr Frost believes has hindered progress. He warned that ‘some of the EU’s unrealistic positions will have to change’.

He added: ‘UK sovereignty, over our laws, courts, or our fishing waters, is 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.

a person standing posing for the camera: Mr Frost (pictured left) travelled to Brussels today to have face-to-face talks with his EU counterpart Michel Barnier (right) © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Frost (pictured left) travelled to Brussels today to have face-to-face talks with his EU counterpart Michel Barnier (right)

Brussels wants EU trawlers to be guaranteed their current fishing rights in perpetuity, while the Government is insisting we should determine access on an annual basis. 

The EU also wants a ‘level playing field’, in which the UK would not cut red tape imposed by Brussels.

Mr Frost made clear he was not interested in a ‘compromise’ plan, which would give Brussels the right to impose tariffs if the UK departed from EU regulations after Brexit.

He added: ‘The Government will not agree to ideas like the one currently circulating.’

The UK has tabled a separate compromise which would allow the EU to levy tariffs on a small number of ‘sensitive’ agricultural products in return for dropping its ‘level playing field’ demands.

Weekly talks will now take place throughout July, with the venue alternating between Brussels and London.


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