European Union negotiator says United Kingdom position makes trade deal ‘unlikely’

European Union negotiator says United Kingdom position makes trade deal ‘unlikely’

Negotiations remained deadlocked this week on fishing rights, the deal's governance, the job of the European Courtroom of Justice and so-known as amount participating in discipline assures, the report mentioned.

"This is all the more worrying because we have no visibility on the UK's intention on its future domestic subsidy control system and regime", added the former French cabinet minister. "This is the truth of Brexit".

But he added that the European Union would not seal an agreement that would damage its fishing industry and noted that the sides were still "far away" from each other with only a few weeks left to go.

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"Looking forward, there are large areas of convergence in numerous areas on which we are negotiating and ample precedents and texts on which we can base our work", said Mr Frost.

But the sides' chief negotiators said this was unlikely because of a fundamental gap on major areas such as fishing rights and fair competition rules.

The UK had initially wanted a series of agreements covering difference areas of a free trade deal.

United Kingdom negotiator David Frost admitted "considerable gaps" remain between the two sides but help out hope for a deal to be struck after some concession in other areas of conflict.

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Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, said a deal needs to be reached by October to ensure it can be implemented by December 31.

Two essential areas were highlighted as being particularly contentious - Britain's refusal to commit to a level-playing field to allow fair competition, and to compromise on a fishery agreement.

"We must therefore continue preparing for all possible scenarios for the end of the transition period at the end of this year", he said.

"If we want to avoid this additional friction, we must come to an agreement in October at the latest, so that our new treaty can enter into force on January 1 of next year", Barnier continued.

"Despite all the difficulties, on the basis of the work we have done in July, my assessment is that agreement can still be reached in September, and that we should continue to negotiate with this aim in mind", he added. "We will work energetically to get a deal but it is possible we won't reach one".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had hoped an outline agreement could be reached before the end of this month, calling for "a bit of oomph" to be added to the stuttering talks. He said an "agreement can still be reached in September" but called for the European Union to recognise it was in discussions with an "independent state".

"Any global agreement implies constraints on both parties".

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