News By/Courtesy: Riddhima Kedia | 30 Jun 2020 13:31pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The EU and Britain launched an intense five weeks of negotiations on a deal to define their post-Brexit relations
  • Face-to-face talks resumed in Brussels, Belgium
  • e intensification of the discussions will deliver results after session meetings

TALKS ON POST-BREXIT FUTURE GETS INTENSIFIED

On Monday, the European Union and Britain instigated a five-week-long deal to define their post-Brexit relation with London. Talks on future EU-UK trade deal have recommenced in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting involves negotiators in the form of representatives. The conference will be pursued face-to-face for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic combined with the two sides.
The new round of talks in Brussels will be the first to be held face-to-face since the coronavirus shutdown combined with the two sides’ entrenched positions to stall progress.

Throughout July and till the end of August, the meetings between London and Brussels will be held on alternate weeks. The British negotiator David Frost will be promoted to become Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s national security adviser. Recently, some of the commentators suggested that this could break the British side’s focus, but a UK spokesman insisted Frost’s new title does not mean he will be distracted from the ongoing discussions with his EU counterpart, Michel Barnier.

“David will remain chief negotiator for the EU talks until an agreement is reached or until the end of the talks. This will remain his priority. As we have made clear we do not anyway wish these talks to run on into the autumn,” the official said.
It is assumed that the discussions will bring in results after the session. As per the recent talks, the situation is getting dilapidated and Johnson has persevered that Britain will accept the consequences of no-deal if common ground cannot be found.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government takes over the presidency of the EU next week has questioned the general public taking the strict stance on whether London wants a deal?

Merkel told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily, “Of course it would be in the interest of Great Britain and all member states of the European Union to achieve an orderly withdrawal. But that presupposes that both sides want this.”
The European Union was left by Britain on January 30 and due to the past-Brexit transitional period, it is still benefited from de facto EU membership which will move towards an end with the end of this year.

The two sides will have to face major problems if they do not have a new agreement. Ties of both sides will be reduced to minimum proposed standards set by the World Trade Organization (WTO) with high tariffs and serious disruptions to business.
London wants to agree on certain trade terms by the end of the summers, at least politically, if not legally to offer business clarity well before the end of the year.


The EU is less pressed for time and believes that the necessary ratification by the European Parliament and others would require a deal by late October.
“The faster we can reach an agreement, the better -- and there’s no clear reason why the broad outline of a political agreement can’t be reached in the summer,” a source told Agence France-Presse.

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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 30 Jun 2020 17:11pm IST


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