Brexit Bulletin—'Limited progress' in fourth round of negotiations on the future UK-EU relationship

Brexit Bulletin—'Limited progress' in fourth round of negotiations on the future UK-EU relationship

UK Chief Negotiator, David Frost, has issued a statement on 5 June 2020, following the fourth round of talks on the future UK-EU relationship, reporting 'positive' talks but 'limited' progress towards agreement. Key issues, including the level playing field and fisheries, remain areas of difficulty in the talks. EU Chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, also made a statement, lamenting 'no significant progress' as the UK team continues 'to distance' itself from the commitments made under the Political Declaration. Insisting a trade deal remains possible, Barnier identified an agreement on fisheries as a requisite for any compromise. In the remarks, Frost acknowledged that the negotiations have reached an important stage and that work towards an agreement must be accelerated and intensified in order to make progress and conclude talks in good time for individuals and businesses to prepare for the end of the transition period. The UK and EU teams are in discussions on the scheduling of further talks and the high level conference due to take place towards the end of June 2020, while the EU has reiterated 'the door is still open' for the UK to seek an extension to the transition period.

For further details, see: LNB News 05/06/2020 77.

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