Barnier accuses UK of ‘backtracking’ as Brexit talks end in stalemate

EU’s chief negotiator says sticking points remain fishing rights and ‘level playing field’ conditions

5 June update: How about September?

The gridlocked Brexit talks may be kicked into the long grass, write Ros Taylor and Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz (LSE).

The bad news? No progress in Brexit talks. “Our lack of progress in these negotiations is not due to the method, but the substance,” Michael Barnier said today, adding that the UK had ‘backtracked‘ on the Political Declaration.

The good(ish) news? There’s no point in worrying about it until September, when the EU (and Angela Merkel, since Germany will by then hold the EU presidency) will call in Boris Johnson to get a deal done. That’s the gist of the Guardian’s report, which points out a summit is due on 15 October.

Persuading people that a last-minute deal is feasible would, of course, ease the pressure to agree an extension to the transition period by the end of June. That isn’t the FINAL FINAL deadline, but it is the easiest to obtain, according to a comprehensive Institute for Government briefing on the subject. It points out, as many others have, that businesses need time to prepare for a no-deal outcome, particularly after the blow of COVID-19.

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Which regions would suffer most? A report by the Social Market Foundation finds the north-west and Midlands would be most exposed to the ‘double economic hit’.

Frost sends barbed warning to EU as Brexit talks hit by crisis – ‘We are reaching limit!’



DAVID FROST has sent a warning shot to the EU as the fourth round of talks between Britain and the EU on a post-Brexit trade deal came to an end today amid little sign of progress.

A continent in fragments: Europe mulls re-opening borders after Covid-19

As coronavirus pandemic fears subside, European countries have begun reopening borders shut to protect their nationals at the height of the outbreak. But their decisions are a study in contrasts. To open or not to open?

British institutions need protecting from Tories

The idiocy of the Westminster conga line is part of a pattern of arrogance and disregard

Brexit: Little sign of progress in latest EU/UK trade talks


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