Brexit: Britain’s chief negotiator calls on the European Union for ‘realism’


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Lord Frost (left) and Michel Barnier (right) will meet on Tuesday for the latest round of trade talks

The UK’s leading Brexit negotiator has called for “realism” from his EU counterparts ahead of the next round of trade talks beginning in London.

Lord Frost said there was “still time” between the two sides to agree on a Brexit trade deal for next year.

But he said that the European Union needed a “sovereign state” to recognize the status of Britain’s negotiations.

If no deal was reached by 15 October, his words resolved to negotiate with Boris Johnson.

The European Union said it would “do everything in [its] The power to reach an agreement would be “ready for the scenario with the UK but without any dealings”.

The exchange comes after 10 when it is revealed that new legislation on customs rules will be introduced in Northern Ireland if negotiations fail.

The announcement raised Brussels’ concern that Britain would not withdraw the agreement it had made before exiting the block in January.

But the government said the legislation would be only a “minor explanation” and it was committed to the earlier deal.

The transition period – which sees the UK complying with many of the block’s rules when a trade deal takes place – is set to expire on 31 December and both sides are trying to secure an agreement to replace it .

If a deal is not reached and ratified by parliaments across Europe by then, the UK will operate according to the rules of the World Trade Organization, leading critics to fear that it could harm the economy.

Mr Johnson has rejected any extension of the talks and, despite both sides recently acknowledging little progress in the round of negotiations, he has set a deadline of mid-October – when the European Council meets is.

In an email to party members on Monday, the Prime Minister said that if there was no agreement by that date, “then I don’t see that there will be a free trade agreement between us, and we should accept both and move forward” .

‘Well-trodden Ground’

Lord Frost, who has been leading the UK’s team of negotiators in negotiations since March, said he would meet the European Union, Michel Barnier, with his opposite number on Tuesday at the start of the eighth round of talks between the two sides.

And he said he would “drive home our clear message that if we reach an agreement on time then we should progress this week”.

Lord Frost said: “We have been talking for six months now and cannot afford to go to the fray well now. We need to see more realism from the European Union about its status as an independent country.

“As we have done in the beginning, publicly and privately, I will reinforce our simple, reasonable request for a free trade agreement signed with the EU with like-minded partners.”

Lord Frost said that the UK “closely listened” to the bloc’s team and “signaled flexibility” where it could move, but added: “We have repeatedly clarified that the key elements of our position are being a sovereign state. Are derived from core principles, and it is time for the European Union to fully recognize this reality. ”

The chief negotiator said that the UK was preparing for the outcome of the deal, but added that it hoped that progress could be made this week.

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European Commission spokesman Dan Ferry said the EU has been engaged “constructively and in good faith” with the negotiations so far and “will be fully focused on making the most of this week’s negotiation round”.

But, when he said the bloc shared the UK’s “desire to reach as quickly as possible”, it should be “in line with the EU’s long-term economic and political interests”.

Mr Ferry said: “The European Union has made several constructive proposals to move the negotiations forward.

“And Michel Barnier has said repeatedly that there is a need for the European Parliament and Council to have enough time later this year to put their stand on any agreement.

“Whether or not there is an agreement in place by the end of the year, the UK’s decision to leave the single market and customs union will inevitably create barriers to trade in border exchanges that do not exist today.”

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