Brussels ceremonials are preparing to intensify negotiations over the next six weeks after the technique ground to a halt, sources have told Express.co.uk. Both sides were affected to abandon two rounds of face-to-face trade talks after they were deemed to iffy to hold as the global pandemic wreaked havoc across the continent. Pilot negotiators David Frost and Michel Barnier will hold their word go high-level talks since early March after both thriving into self-isolation with coronavirus symptoms.
European capitals were this week debriefed on a series of blueprint trade proposals put forward by Boris Johnson’s negotiating team three weeks ago.
Diplomats, who procure yet to be shown the text, were told by Mr Barnier’s deputies that there traces “some very, very large gaps” between the two sides, an EU provenience told Express.co.uk.
The so-called “level-playing field” on standards, fisheries and the governance of the complete trade deal remain the main sticking points, the EU official continued.
But despite the pessimism, areas of agreement are starting to emerge after a series of mini colloquys between London and Brussels helped clarify the Prime Minister’s locate.
Seeking a number of clarifications on the British texts, Mr Barnier’s team empathize with the UK’s position on trade of goods, services and energy.
“The key question is now how quickly you can move away on areas where there are strong convergences, it’s on the difficult areas – such as fisheries – where there are divergences,” another informant said.
“The importance of advancing in parallel still remains a very strapping point.”
Mr Barnier has been told to expect two new British proposals to critique before both sides next meet, via video link, in the past the end of the month.
Sources have indicated the planned papers will defend energy and justice and home affairs.
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Despite doubts exceeding whether both sides can successfully negotiate via video link, EU officials sooner a be wearing been told to “get on with the job”, according to a source.
“It’s too early because we don’t make the full backdrop, so why answer questions that are too big to tackle?”