Britain can still seal a trade offer with the EU – but only if Brussels ‘gets real’, chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost states next months of deadlock
- Lord Frost elevated hopes of breakthrough, describing talks as ‘relatively positive’
- No10 confirms EU negotiators had backed absent from threats of a food items blockade
- It follows Labour’s accusation that ministers oversaw ‘carnival of incompetence’
Britain can still ‘very much’ seal a trade offer with Brussels but only if the EU receives real, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator explained last night.
Lord Frost appeared to elevate hopes of a last-minute breakthrough, saying the previous two months of casual talks ‘have been rather positive’.
The message arrived as No 10 verified that EU negotiators had backed absent from threats of a food items blockade on Northern Eire.
But it also will come just 24 hrs after reports that the probabilities of a trade offer by upcoming month’s EU summit deadline ended up no better than 50/50.
Britain can still ‘very much’ seal a trade offer with Brussels but only if the EU receives real, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost, pictured, explained last night
Lord Frost is because of to journey to Brussels this 7 days for additional talks with EU counterpart Michel Barnier, pictured
It also follows Labour’s accusation that Ministers ended up responsible for a ‘carnival of incompetence’ after admitting that to stay away from gridlock, some EU-sure lorries may perhaps be banned from moving into Kent when the British isles leaves the customs union and Single Current market on December 31 if they do not have the accurate documentation.
And in a assertion introduced last night, Lord Frost – because of to journey to Brussels this 7 days for additional talks with EU counterpart Michel Barnier – built very clear there ended up gaps still to be bridged.
He explained: ‘An settlement is still very a great deal attainable, but similarly very significantly from selected. The last two months of casual talks have been rather constructive, but there stays a great deal to be finished, and time is shorter.’
Lord Frost reaffirmed that from the starting the British isles had been saying ‘we only want a standard cost-free trade settlement like Canada’s’ but ‘we continue on to be asked to settle for provisions which do not replicate the fact of the adjust which our exit from the EU brings’.
He included: ‘If the gaps in these locations are to be bridged, the EU still desires to scale back again a lot more of its unrealistic ambitions and work on a lot more sensible coverage positions.’