EU Council President Charles Michel has referred to as on the UK to make the “necessary moves” if it seeks to have a post-Brexit commerce deal learn for January 2021, as the 2 sides have nonetheless to bridge their variations.
“On those issues, we are concerned by the lack of progress at the negotiation table. We are 100% united. And we fully trust and support our chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, to continue negotiations. And we call on the UK to make the necessary moves,” the EU Council President mentioned on Thursday, throughout a press convention following an EU27 leaders’ summit in Brussels.
“We are united and determined to reach on agreement, but not at any cost,” Michel added, with the EU and UK negotiations stalled within the fields of fisheries, state assist and the so-called stage enjoying discipline.
Bilateral talks are set to accentuate the following two weeks, with the bloc’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier travelling to London for negotiations along with his British counterpart David Frost.
Reacting to the move, UK’s Brexit negotiator wrote in a Twitter put up that he’s “disappointed” by the summit’s outcomes and “surprised” that the EU is “no longer committed to working ‘intensively’ to reach a future partnership as agreed with [Ursula] von der Leyen on 3 October.”
He added that he’s additionally “surprised by suggestion that to get an agreement all future moves must come from UK. It’s an unusual approach to conducting a negotiation.”
1/3 Disappointed by the #EUCO conclusions on UK/EU negotiations. Surprised EU is not dedicated to working “intensively” to reach a future partnership as agreed with @vonderleyen on 3 October.
— David Frost (@DavidGHFrost) October 15, 2020
On Friday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned his nation is able to withdraw from the talks with the EU except the bloc adjustments its stance on the matter, which might imply giving UK a Canada-style free commerce settlement.