November 27, 2020

EU's chief negotiator Barnier heads to London for Brexit talks

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The Gist

According to EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, face-to-face Brexit trade talks will resume in London this weekend. 

The List

  • On Friday, Barnier said that he is not particularly optimistic about securing a deal with the UK - he will continue to try for a few more days. 
  • Before traveling to London, Barnier said that the "same significant divergences persist" in negotiations.
  • The two sides are still struggling to agree on clauses that would ensure the U.K.’s environmental/labor standards evolve closely with the EU’s 
  • According to Les Echos, Barnier had warned UK's chief negotiator David Frost that there was little point in having talks if the U.K. is not willing to give ground.
  • Last week Barnier was forced to suspend in-person Brexit negotiations because he tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The UK and EU are rushing to get a deal that would govern their trading relationship after the UK's post-Brexit period ends in January 2021.

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