"In all areas, the U.K. continues to backtrack," says EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier, accusing Boris Johnson's government of distancing itself from the political declaration previously agreed with the bloc
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has accused the UK of "backtracking" on its commitments in the latest round of post-Brexit trade talks.
Our recent #IsolationInsight event looked at the state of the Brexit negotiations, considering where they are, what’s happening and where the talks might go, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The EU fears that the UK government is deliberately stalling on Brexit trade deal negotiations, and may secretly be aiming to exit European trade arrangements without first agreeing a new deal.
The U.K. needs to be “more realistic” in its demands as trade talks with the European Union continue this week, according to the bloc’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.
‘The UK has been taking three steps back from the original commitments,’ says EU negotiator.
Boris Johnson to get personally involved in Brexit talks as chief negotiator says he doesn’t answer to Dominic Cummings 26/05/2020
EU’s Michel Barnier writes to opposition leader repeating offer of two-year extension.
Brexit talks latest: Boris Johnson could still walk away from trade negotiations, EU warned 27/05/2020
Britain’s chief negotiator, Sir David Frost, told a select committee hearing a decision will be made at 'leader level' next month.
Lost in time and space - Chris Grey 15/05/2020
'UK proposals for implementing Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland deserve detailed scrutiny' - Michael Dougan 20/05/2020
UK proposals for implementing Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland deserve detailed scrutiny. No doubt the Commission will soon oblige! Below = some first thoughts from me (moving from the general to the specific) pending more critical reading & cross-checking ...
British trade experts have warned that the UK’s demands for a “Canada-style” Brexit trade deal with the EU are ‘unrealistic’.
Michel Barnier says UK has no ‘automatic entitlement’ to EU membership benefits as trade talks sour 20/05/2020
EU chief negotiator blasts back at UK counterpart's letter.
My reply to @DavidGHFrost - Michel Barnier 20/05/2020
'I remain convinced that with mutual respect and constructive engagement by the #UK across the board, on all issues of the negotiating table, we can move forward in the limited available time.'
'most interesting point in @DavidGHFrost letter ... incredulity at no European country being able to operate outside EU sphere' - Seb Dance 20/05/2020
'The most interesting point in @DavidGHFrost letter was the bit expressing incredulity at no European country being able to operate outside EU sphere. The EU is how countries of Europe (up until now, UK included) have come to organise their relationship over time.'
It is understandable, and even desirable from a business perspective, that many of the UK's demands on EU are ahemm, 'ambitious'. ...
"For others in the future, that will depend on the negotiations under way" on Britain's future relation with the EU, he said.
'As UK prepares to publish its oh-so-reasonable detailed proposals ... let’s just recall a few key facts and considerations' - Michael Dougan 18/05/2020
Tánaiste Simon Coveney says a no-deal Brexit is a risk now because the UK is looking for something very different to what was committed to in the Political Declaration [4 mins] 17/05/2020
Remarks by Michel Barnier following Round 3 of negotiations for a new partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom 15/05/2020
The downbeat assessment comes as EU negotiator Michel Barnier describes the latest round of negotiations as "disappointing".
But EU warns UK does not understand position it has got itself into.