Brexit teams meet in London as search for deal continues

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2020

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"Negotiations so far have shown little progress", the European Commission said in a Thursday communique to the European Parliament and EU leaders.

He also shared a commission document on Twitter, adding: "Regardless of the outcome, there will be inevitable changes on January 1 2021".

Laying out his compromise proposal on for a multi-billion-euro economic stimulus plan for the European Union to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, Michel said a new Brexit "adjustment reserve" of 5 billion euros was needed to support Ireland, Belgium and other countries most affected by Britain's departure from 2021.

The UK has ruled out extending the December deadline to reach a deal.

The EU and Britain are now in negotiations to agree on the basis of trade relations after a post-Brexit transition phase ends on December 31.

"Discussions were held in a good and constructive atmosphere and showed a shared commitment to negotiate an ambitious and comprehensive agreement", the commission said last month in a progress report.

The EU wants to uphold its existing access to British waters for vessels from member states, to avoid economic disruption for their fishermen. "We are working hard to overcome the significant divergences that remain between us".

"(UK negotiator) David Frost and Michel Barnier are having dinner at Number 10 this evening for informal talks", said a spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

With trade negotiations at an impasse, in part, because of a disagreement over European Union vessels' right to fish in British waters, David Frost and Michel Barnier will dine on a main course of halibut at their meeting, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office.

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