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Brexit round-up – 03/07/20

Welcome to this, our latest Brexit round-up. Each week we provide a succinct round-up of the latest news surrounding the Brexit process, so you can keep abreast of the issues which are likely to affect your organisation.

Face to face trade talks take place

The latest round of trade talks took place in Brussels this week which were the first talks in person since the coronavirus outbreak. The talks ended a day early as the UK and EU continue to have serious differences over a post-Brexit trade deal. The EU said it would not agree to a deal without “robust” guarantees on the so-called “level playing field” for competition between business whilst the UK wants to negotiate separate agreements in areas such as fisheries, alongside a basic free trade deal. Following this week’s talks David Frost said they had “underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues. We remain committed to working hard to find an early understanding on the principles underlying an agreement.” Michel Barnier also said “serious divergences remain,” although the EU believed an agreement was still possible. Further discussions are planned to take place in London next week and an additional five weeks of in person talks have been scheduled to take place in July and August.

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