Brexit Bulletin—round 1 of future relationship talks confirm ‘very serious’ differences

Brexit Bulletin—round 1 of future relationship talks confirm ‘very serious’ differences

Following the first round of negotiations on the future UK-EU relationship, EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier gave an address. The first round of talks provided an opportunity to ‘exchange, compare and clarify’ the UK and EUs’ respective positions, and identify ‘points of convergence and divergence’. In his remarks, Mr Barnier spoke of constructive talks, but warned of ‘very serious differences’ between the UK and the EU on key issues, which he described as unsurprising, but very difficult. He also warned stakeholders on both sides to prepare for unavoidable 'future points of friction' which will arise at the end of transition whether there is a deal or not.

Source: Negotiations with the UK: Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator, sets out points of convergence and divergence following the first round of negotiations

See: LNB News 05/03/2020 80.

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