No Progress: EU Won’t Drop Demands, UK Won’t Surrender on Fishing

No Progress: EU Won’t Drop Demands, UK Won’t Surrender on Fishing

No Progress: EU Won’t Drop Demands, UK Won’t Surrender on Fishing

But Mr Barnier blasted the UK's approach, claiming it was rowing back on promises in the Political Declaration - a key document agreed between both sides previous year.

The next round of negotiations, either in late June or early July, will be the "moment of truth", he added.

The June meeting had been earmarked as a decisive point in the negotiations, when both sides were to access whether a deal will be possible before the United Kingdom leaves the Single Market on 31 December.

Following four days of video discussions between officials from the two teams of negotiators, the sides remained at loggerheads on many topics, including on regulations for businesses.

The most likely prospect for an imminent breakthrough in talks now rests on a high-level political meeting between Mr Johnson and the EU's top official, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, scheduled for later this month.

In response, the Frenchman said that he did not like Frost's "tone" and rejected calls for a deal based on a partnership of equals.

The UK previously threatened to walk away from talks at the end of June if there wasn't enough progress.

"If we are to make progress, it is clear that we must intensify and accelerate our work".

'We can not and will not accept this backtracking on the political declaration'.

The EU demands continued access to Britain's territorial fishing waters, with the Common Fisheries Policy now allowing EU trawlers to land approximately 60 per cent of the fish caught in the waters around the United Kingdom while British fishermen go bust.

In the political declaration, which is not a legal document in the way the Brexit withdrawal deal is, the two sides laid out their ambitions for the trade talks and their hopes about the future relationship.

Ending the year-long transition period without a deal would mean the two sides would trade on less-attractive World Trade Organization terms and would have implications for banks' corporate customers across every major economic sector.

Britain left the European Union on January 31 and is now in a transition period until the end of the year during which it enjoys the benefits of EU membership. If we are going to move this forward we are going to need face-to-face contacts and the ability to assess and understand better than we can do in this format, ' he said. They continue to condition access to waters to an annual negotiation, which is not possible for us, not even technically possible.

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