UK News Brexit talks enter another week of high drama

16:10  28 september  2020
16:10  28 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The U.K. and European Union are starting a key week of Brexit talks , with the bloc stiffening its demands over how any trade deal will be enforced after losing But the bloc has threatened Johnson with legal action unless the government amends or withdraws the legislation by the middle of this week .

'The last two weeks of informal talks have been relatively positive, but there remains much to be done and time is short.' He told the i newspaper: 'The Internal Market Bill has eroded trust, it has damaged the credibility of agreements that have been entered into, namely the Withdrawal Agreement and

a man wearing glasses and a suit and tie: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove attends the third meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee in Brussels (John Thys, Pool via AP) © John Thys Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove attends the third meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee in Brussels (John Thys, Pool via AP)

Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU are at yet another moment of high drama, as the clock ticks down to full withdrawal from the bloc. Here we look at the unfolding situation.

– Hasn’t the UK already left the EU?

The UK formally withdrew in January, but said it would abide by EU rules in a transition period until the end of the year, as a hoped-for trade deal was sorted out.

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The Brexit transition period, in which the UK has kept to EU trading rules, ends on 31 December. The UK and EU are yet to agree a deal that will govern their future trade. The last set of talks between the two sides ended acrimoniously when the UK government introduced the Internal Market Bill which

But UK sources said this week 's talks had been in the diary for some time and no immediate breakthrough was expected. 'The last two weeks of informal talks have been relatively positive Another diplomat said: 'On one hand, you could see all this positive talk coming from the British

– What’s happening now?

Negotiations have made slow progress and, at times, proved acrimonious, with both sides sniping at the attitude of the other.

– What are the main sticking points?

Trading relations between Britain and Northern Ireland are a major issue, along with areas such as fishing rights, state subsidies and the rights of citizens.

Michael Gove et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove (Aaron Chown/PA) © Provided by PA Media Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove (Aaron Chown/PA)

– What happens now?

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove is in Brussels on Monday for talks with European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic. On Tuesday the ninth round of negotiations between London and Brussels begins.

– What will they discuss?

The Withdrawal Agreement is likely to loom large, as Brussels reacted strongly to controversial provisions in legislation announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson overriding elements of the Brexit divorce deal referring to trade within the UK between Britain and Northern Ireland.

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An EU diplomat involved in Brexit talks said: "It’s for them to tell us what they want. If they don't do it in a timely manner, they would be shooting themselves Risk Disclosure: Trading in financial instruments and/or cryptocurrencies involves high risks including the risk of losing some, or all, of your investment

Another big pre-negotiations row has been over the issue of level playing fields. This is where the EU is pressuring the UK to maintain the same or similar standards when it comes to environmental, labour As we saw with Brexit talks , sudden progress can be made when you least expect it, even last minute.

Mr Sefcovic, who co-chairs the EU-UK joint committee, called for the move to be dropped by the end of September, or the UK would face legal action for breaking international law.

– Has the Johnson Government backed down?

No. The controversial UK Internal Market Bill, which contains the measures, returns to the Commons on Tuesday, despite heavy criticism from former prime ministers Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Sir John Major.

Maroš Šefčovič wearing a suit and tie walking on a sidewalk: EU Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic (right) (Stefan Rousseau/PA) © Provided by PA Media EU Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic (right) (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The Government admission that such action would breach international law has seen major disquiet on Tory benches, and a Government move to allow MPs a say on whether the measures would be implemented at a later stage may not be enough to stop some voting against it or abstaining.

– When will crunch time arrive on the Brexit talks?

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BRITAIN'S Brexit chaos has entered another week of negotiations as the deadlock continues - but as Westminster struggles to agree on a Brexit alternative This week , Prime Minister Theresa May faces a crucial time in the Brexit process as she seeks breakthroughs both at home and abroad.

Both sides have said that a deal would need to be struck by mid-October in order to have time to be ratified before the end of the year.

An EU summit on October 15 is likely to be significant.

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