This weeks EU-UK Future Relationship Negotiations have stalled once over ‘incompatibility’ as the third round of talks have come to the end today.
EU proposals are “incompatible with our future status as an independent coastal state” says David Frost, the UK’s EU Adviser to the PM.
EU-UK Negotiations have stalled today after a week where little progress was made between the two blocs. Yet another round of negotiations and little or no progress is giving concern to the EU that the UK Government is looking to crash-out rather than leave softly with a trade deal in place.
Frost attacked the EU’s attitude saying “we very much need a change in EU approach for the next Round beginning on 1 June”
“It is hard to understand why the EU insists on an ideological approach which makes it more difficult to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.
Confirming the continued stand-off EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has stated, “without a clear and effective ‘level playing field’ framework, without a balanced fisheries agreement, there will not be any possible agreement on our economic and trading partnership.“
In his statement the UK’s chief negotiator said:
”Although we have had useful discussions on fisheries on the basis of a draught legal text the EU continues to insist on fisheries arrangement and access to UK fishing waters in a way that is incompatible with future status as an independent coastal state. We are fully committed to agreeing fishing provisions and line with the Political Declaration l, but we cannot agree arrangements that are manifestly unbalanced and against the interests of the UK fishing industry.
“It’s hard to understand why the EU insists on an ideological approach which makes it more difficult to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.
“We very much need a change in the EU approach for the next round beginning on 1 June. In order to facilitate those discussions we intend to make public all the UK draught legal text during next week so that the EU’s Member states and interested observers can see our approach in detail.
“The UK will continue to work hard to find an agreement for as long as there is a constructive process in being and continues to believe that this is possible.”