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Trade talks between EU and UK clogged: fourth round ended without results

fourth round ended without results

Trade negotiations between the UK and the European Union, which must be completed by the end of the year, are clogged. There was no result from the fourth round talks this week.

Michel Barnier and British counterpart David Frost, who negotiated on behalf of the European Union, held a 4-day meeting through video conferencing due to Covid-19.

Barnier explained that the talks were blocked especially in fisheries, fair trade, protection of fundamental rights and management of future relations.

“No remarkable progress has been made this week,” said Michel Barnier at a press conference.

“As the EU side, we are open to extend negotiations and the transition period for 1-2 years,” said Barnier, who said that the negotiations are very comprehensive and that the British side does not want to give the negotiations more time. used the expression.

Due to the separation agreement signed between the EU and the UK, the parties have to decide until the end of June to extend the negotiation process and transition period. British officials insist that negotiations be completed by the end of 2020.

The UK, which has issued a written statement, announced that ‘limited’ progress has been made and that ‘efforts should be accelerated’ to reach an agreement by the end of the year. “There is limited progress, but our negotiations are very positive. Negotiations will continue. We are determined to achieve a positive result,” said David Frost. said.

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