The Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission will speak again on Monday (Photo: Andrew Parsons/No. 10 Downing St/AP).
Boris Johnson’s team will tomorrow continue negotiations on the braxite crisis after the Prime Minister failed to achieve a breakthrough in a telephone conversation with the President of the European Commission.
The Prime Minister met with Ursula von der Leyen in the afternoon, after both parties agreed that there were still considerable differences, as only a few weeks remained before the end of the transitional period.
It has been said tonight that discussions on three crucial issues are still at an impasse on which no agreement can be reached unless they are resolved.
The joint statement by Mr Johnson and Mrs von der Leyen was read out: In today’s telephone conversation on the ongoing negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, we welcomed the progress that has been made in many areas.
However, there are still significant differences on three main points: Equal opportunities for all, governance and fishing. Both sides stressed that no agreement can be reached unless these issues are resolved.
We recognise the seriousness of these differences and have agreed that our negotiating groups should make additional efforts to assess whether they can be resolved.
That is why we are instructing our chief negotiators to meet again tomorrow in Brussels. We’ll talk about it Monday night.
Frau von der Leyen tweeted: Differences remain. No agreement can be reached if it is not resolved. The chief negotiators will reconvene tomorrow. We’ll talk about it on Monday.
Braxit tuning time is counted (Photo: Andrew Parsons / No. 10 Downing St.)
The remaining problems – fisheries, the so-called fair competition rules and the mechanisms for processing transactions – have been known for several months.
It is not yet clear whether both parties are willing to change their positions so that their negotiators can fill in the gaps.
A Downing Street spokesman recently admitted that there wasn’t enough time to get through this difficult time.
Many had hoped that the disagreement could be resolved this week, but British sources accused the EU of trying to introduce new elements at the last minute.
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The British were outraged at Brussels’ statements that EU fishermen should have equal access to British waters for another ten years.
Concerns were expressed that Mr Barnier was under pressure from French President Emmanuel Macron.
The situation led to increased tensions in the EU when the French Minister for Europe, Clément Bon, warned that his country could veto any agreement that did not meet the conditions.
The Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin, whose country is one of the most interested in concluding an agreement, welcomed the announcement of the continuation of negotiations.
He tweeted tonight: The agreement is in everyone’s interest. We must do our best to come to an agreement.
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