United Kingdom chief negotiator will stay on for Brexit talks: PM's spokesman

EU Britain intensify talks on post Brexit future

The next round of talks begins on Monday and will be held face-to-face for the first time since the coronavirus epidemic spread in March.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted Saturday that Britain is ready to accept the consequences of no-deal if common ground can not be found, AFP said.

The meetings will alternate weekly in between Brussels and London through July and at the conclusion of August, as the teams learned on Sunday, the British negotiator David Frost will be promoted to develop into Primary Minister Boris Johnson's national protection adviser. "David has said he will of course remain chief negotiator while the talks are being concluded one way or another", the spokesman said.

"This will remain his first priority".

Britain's finance ministry said both sides are committed to completing the assessments ahead of the summer, and that it should be a straightforward process given they have similar rules.

Barnier said the assessments are particularly challenging given that Britain has said it wants to diverge from European Union rules once its transition period ends in December.

Without a new settlement, the two sides would see ties lessened to minimum criteria set by the Earth Trade Business with significant tariffs and severe disruptions to organization.

The talks are now more streamlined than early rounds that involved hundreds of negotiators.

He also stated that what he called some of the EU's more "unrealistic positions" will have to change in order to achieve progress.

In a tweet on Friday, Frost said he was coming to Brussels in "good faith".

A key sticking point in the talks has been the EU's demand that the United Kingdom commits to tracking the bloc's rules in areas such as environmental and labor protections and state aid, for fear that Britain would become a competitor on its doorstep.

Other sore points are the role for the EU Court of Justice, access to British waters for European fishermen, and the agreement's actual form.

This could be either a very broad deal covering all areas of the relationship, as the Europeans want, or a simple trade agreement with small sectoral side deals as sought by London.



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