EU Member States leaders have challenged UK to make the necessary moves in what has become deadlocked negotiations
The leaders of the 27 European Union Member States met in Brussels last night to discuss the situation with the ongoing negotiations between the bloc and the UK.
It was thought earlier this week that the German’s would intervene in order to push through a deal by asking the French President, Emmanuel Macron to back down on their fisheries demands but instead, European Union leaders have placed the onus on the UK to unblock the stalled post-Brexit trade talks, urging London to “make the necessary moves” to answer their concerns.
In what could be called a pre-emptive strike on his entrance into the summit, the French President stopped to talk to reporters. In his brief engagement he told the press “In no case can our fishermen be the sacrifices of this Brexit. We did not choose Brexit, it is the choice of the British people. ”
In a written conclusion adopted at their summit in Brussels but the 27 leaders also urged the EU and its Member States to step up preparations to protect their interests in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
“The European Council reaffirms the Union’s determination to have as close as possible a partnership with the United Kingdom on the basis of the negotiating directives of 25 February 2020, while respecting the previously agreed European Council guidelines, as well as statements and declarations, notably those of 25 November 2018, in particular as regards the level playing field, governance and fisheries.
“Against this background, the European Council invites the Unionʼs chief negotiator to continue negotiations in the coming weeks, and calls on the UK to make the necessary moves to make an agreement possible.
After the European Council meeting yesterday Michel Barnier said:
“We remain determined to reach a fair deal. We will do everything we can – but not at any price. Our team will continue intensive discussions over the coming weeks. We remain calm, united, determined.”
In response to the EU 27’s statement last night, Lord David Frost, the UK’s Chief negotiator tweeted:
“Also surprised by the suggestion that to get an agreement all future moves must come from the UK. It’s an unusual approach to conducting a negotiation.
“@BorisJohnson will set out UK reactions and approach tomorrow in the light of his statement of 7 September.”
A response is expected from British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson later today.