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The EU and UK continue talks on Brexit in Aug. and Sep.

The EU and UK continue talks on Brexit in Aug. and Sep.


The European Commission (EC) and the United Kingdom will continue the talks for a trade agreement in August and September. The British main negotiator David Frost has published a letter on the website of the British Governement and tweeted about the letter; read the letter here (links open in new tab). The hope is that with these negotiations a trade agreement can still be reached before 31-12-2020. 



Several weeks ago the EC published a press statement of Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator in Brexit. In the statement Barnier expressed pessimism after the 6th round of negotiatons on reaching a trade agreement after the Brexit transition period end. Barnier mentioned the application of standards to products. Barnier stated:

" On two important subjects, transport and energy, we had intense and useful discussions. However, the UK continued to request single market-like benefits.

In addition, there is still no progress on two essential topics of our economic partnership.

First, there must be robust guarantees for a level playing field – including on State aid and standards – to ensure open and fair competition among our businesses, also over time. This is a core interest for all 27 Member States – and in my view also for the UK. [...] "


" On the level playing field, the UK still refuses to commit to maintaining high standards in a meaningful way. "


And let me be very clear: A less ambitious agreement on goods and services will not lead the EU to drop its demands for a robust level playing field."

Read the full press statement of Barnier here (opens in new tab)




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