The UK Chief Negotiator, David Frost has issued a press release saying “significant differences” remain
UK Chief Negotiator, David Frost has issued a statement following the conclusion of the round of negotiations with the EU which began on Monday this week (29 June) in Brussels.
Mr Frost and his EU colleague met with a limited number of experts on each team and this was the first face-to-face around the table talks since the COVID-19 crisis
The UK and EU have entered into what they call an intensified process in an effort to reach agreement of the future relationship between the two blocs. So far, four rounds of talks has been genuine but neither side have reached agreement especially on the issue of trade and fisheries.
In his statement earlier, the EU Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier said that “serious divergences remain” between the two parties and with time running out quickly it was hoped more would be achieved from this week’s intensified negotiations.
In his statement, David Frost agreed with Michel Barnier that the outcome of the talks still showed there was “significant differences” between the two sides but no progress has been made on the major stumbling blocks.
David Frost, Chief Negotiator, said:
We have completed our discussion of the full range of issues in the negotiation in just over three days. Our talks were face to face for the first time since March and this has given extra depth and flexibility to our discussions.
The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful. But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.
We remain committed to working hard to find an early understanding on the principles underlying an agreement out of the intensified talks process during July, as agreed at the HLM on 15 June.
Talks will continue next week in London as agreed in the revised terms of reference published on 12 June.