The EU’s chief negotiator will meet his British counterpart David Frost with the aim of reaching an agreement by the middle of November. Both the UK and EU said they were willing to discuss outstanding issues including fishing arrangements and state aid. They will also set up a “small joint secretariat” to help make a draft of their agreement.
Mr Frost tweeted: “We have agreed that a basis for negotiations with the EU & @michelbarnier has been re-established.
“Intensive talks will happen every day and begin tomorrow afternoon, 22 October, in London.”
Downing Street also said in a statement: “On the basis of that conversation we are ready to welcome the EU team to London.
“It is clear that significant gaps remain between our positions in the most difficult areas, but we are ready, with the EU, to see if it is possible to bridge them in intensive talks.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned the talks may not be plain sailing.
She tweeted: “Hard work needed. No time to lose.”
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Published at Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:36:24 +0000