UK Chief Negotiator David Frost has said that the latest round of negotiations with the EU have been ‘useful’ but that they have ‘underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.’
Mr Frost made a statement on Thursday following the conclusion of the latest round of post-Brexit future relationship and trade negotiations with the European Union. The talks were the first face to face (rather than online) talks since March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, Mr Frost said;
“The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful. But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.We remain committed to working hard to find an early understanding on the principles underlying an agreement out of the intensified talks process during July, as agreed at the HLM on 15 June.”
Michel Barnier said in a statement that “serious divergences remain” between the UK and EU following the latest round of negotiations.
Discussions are to continue next week in London and the next round of negotiations is due to take place in the week commencing 20 July.
The UK is currently in a transition period, which is set to end on 31 December 2020, following the country’s formal exit from the European Union on 31 January 2020.