Brexit — “Very Little Progress,” Very Little Chance of Deal

  • Frost alleges the EU’s insistence on including a set of “novel and unbalanced proposals” is the biggest obstacle is reaching a mutual agreement. 
  • Michel Barnier, on the other hand, has always insisted that if the UK wants access to the EU internal market, it will do so on EU terms.
  • The European Court of Justice and British fishing remain sticking points.

The UK and the European Union are still far apart, in as far as striking an agreement of trade arrangements is concerned. This became evident after the UK’s Brexit chief negotiator, David Frost, reported “very little” progress had been made, as per the outcome of the parties’ latest round of talks.

Brexit (a portmanteau of “British” and “exit”) was the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU). Following a June 2016 referendum, in which 52% voted to leave, the UK government formally announced the country’s withdrawal in March 2017, beginning the Brexit process.

Frost alleges the EU’s insistence on including a set of “novel and unbalanced proposals” is the biggest obstacle is reaching a mutual agreement. 

“The major obstacle to this is the EU’s insistence on including a set of novel and unbalanced proposals on the so-called ‘level playing field’ which would bind this country to EU law or standards, or determine our domestic legal regimes, in a way that is unprecedented in Free Trade Agreements and not envisaged in the Political Declaration.”

Frost added, “we have just completed our third negotiating round with the EU. I regret however that we made very little progress towards agreement on the most significant outstanding issues between us.” The latest round of talks between the UK and EU took place via video conference.

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is a British politician, writer, and former journalist serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2019. He was Foreign Secretary from 2016 to 2018 and Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016.

“Both sides have tabled full legal texts, there are plenty of precedents, and there is clearly a good understanding between negotiators,” he said, adding that agreements on issues such as law enforcement and aviation “could be agreed without major difficulties in the time available.”

The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, on the other hand, has always insisted that if the UK wants access to the EU internal market, it will do so on EU terms. That is, disputes must be decided by the European Court of Justice. “As soon as the EU recognizes that we will not conclude an agreement on that basis, we will be able to make progress,” says Frost.

He explains that EU dealers maintain that EU countries must have access to British fishing waters. It is, in a way, “that is incompatible with our future status as an independent coastal state,” he says. Barnier says the British totally refused to talk about fishing in the round of negotiations, which the EU negotiator describes as “very disappointing.”

Barnier adds that he does not see good chances of a deal coming this year. We‘re not going to bargain away our values for the benefit of the British economy,” Barnier said.  The deadline for negotiations is at the end of June, and if an amicable solution would not have been found by then, the British can apply to extend the negotiations.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government passed the Brexit deal in the British parliament in January. However, the British are subject to EU rules until the new year. After that, the country is completely out of cooperation, unless an agreement is reached on a new relationship between the parties.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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