British and European Union sources instructed native media that the 2 sides had been no nearer to a post-Brexit commerce deal on Sunday night, regardless of weeks of intensive negotiations. They stated the EU calls for that it should proceed the settlement on UK fishing waters, a key sticking level, with France nonetheless unwilling to bend on the difficulty.
The newest ‘deadline’ for a post-Brexit commerce deal has handed with no settlement – with a British authorities minister indicating talks will run as much as Christmas.
But UK authorities sources instructed a number of media retailers on Sunday that no-deal was nonetheless the almost certainly consequence as the European Union (EU) refuses to shift on its calls for for continued rights to many of the catch from UK fishing waters.
UK chief negotiator Lord David Frost regarded pensive as he left the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Sunday, the place the most recent spherical of talks have been held, as the deadline set by the European Parliament expired.
Earlier, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock instructed Sky News’ Sophy Ridge the the EU had set a brand new deadline of Christmas for a deal – a far cry from Boris Johnson’s cut-off level of October 15 for a draft settlement. But he additionally hinted that Brussels had not but shifted considerably on the sticking factors of fishing entry and the so-called ‘regulatory alignment’.
If a deal was struck on Friday – Christmas Eve – Westminster MPs and European Parliament MEPs would doubtless have simply three or 4 days to scrutinise and debate the textual content, then put it to a vote earlier than the post-Brexit transition interval expires at midnight on December 31.
Hancock repeated that the UK was prepared for an “Australia-style outcome” of leaving with no deal and buying and selling with the bloc on World Trade Organisation phrases.
European Commission lead negotiator Michel Barnier tweeted on Sunday night that talks had been persevering with. He insisted that the EU respect British sovereignty – regardless of its fixed demand for the UK to observe EU guidelines and rules post-Brexit, and hinted at continued insistence on a “lightning tariffs” penal mechanism that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s staff has rejected.
Barnier’s feedback seem to outline the EU as a sovereign nation-state in its personal proper, quite than an affiliation of sovereign nations. But he didn’t make clear how the British authorities’s need for a no-strings-attached free-trade deal infringed on Brussels’ “sovereignty”.
One authorities supply instructed the BBC that the EU was “still struggling to get the flexibility needed from member states” to chop a cope with the UK. France, the place Barnier beforehand served as fisheries minister, has threatened to veto any settlement that doesn’t embody indefinite fishing entry for its channel fleet. But Germany needs continued tariff-free entry to the UK automotive market, its greatest export vacation spot.
A Brussels supply stated there had been no progress in negotiations this week, regardless of direct phone conversations between Johnson and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, with French President Emmanuel Macron unwilling to switch any extra fishing quotas to the UK than the most recent, rejected supply of 40 %.
But a supply predicted that New Year’s Eve wouldn’t spell the tip of negotiations, saying: “My guess is no deal with the potential of returning for talks after Christmas depending on public opinion in the UK”.