Brexit round-up – 04/09/20
3rd September, 2020
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.
Trade deal hopes are dwindling
Boris Johnson’s official spokesman has conceded that hopes of a trade deal were dwindling, saying: “The EU continues to insist that we must agree on difficult areas in the negotiations, such as EU state aid, before any further work can be done in any other area of the negotiations, including on legal texts, and that makes it very difficult to make progress. We would instead like to settle the simplest issues first, in order to build momentum in the talks, as time is short for both sides.” The UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, is meeting with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier in London, in advance of the next round of formal talks next week. France’s EU affairs minister, Clément Beaune, said that no deal was a risk, but blamed the British Government for the impasse saying “Things are not advancing because the UK would like to have its cake and eat it: to leave the European Union and have access to the European market.” An EU council is expected to be held in October to finalise any free trade agreement, so a trade agreement is looking unlikely with little time left.
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