“Restricted round” of Brexit negotiations conclude early, serious divergences remain“Restricted round” of Brexit negotiations conclude early, serious divergences remain

Jul 06, 2020

A restricted round of Brexit negotiations concluded a day earlier than scheduled on 2 July 2020, with serious divergences on key issues yet again. The talks took place in Brussels and were the first of the face-to-face negotiations between the two chief negotiators since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The full agenda of the discussions can be viewed here.

Speaking at a press conference following the conclusion of talks, chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier has said:

“The EU's position remains, based on the Political Declaration, that there will be no economic partnership without:

  • robust guarantees for a level playing field – including on state aid – to ensure open and fair competition among our businesses

  • a balanced, sustainable, and long-term solution for our European fishers

  • an overarching institutional framework and effective dispute settlement mechanisms”

Releasing his own statement following the talks, Mr Barnier’s UK counterpart, David Frost has said,

“The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful…but they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.”

The chief negotiators and their teams will be meeting again today, 6 July 2020, for more specialised sessions as per the revised terms of reference, published on 12 June 2020. Details of their future meetings are as follows:

  • Meetings of the Chief Negotiators / their teams / specialised sessions: week of 6 July (London)

  • Meetings of the Chief Negotiators / their teams / specialised sessions: week of 13 July (Brussels)

  • Round 5: week of 20 July to 24 July (London)

  • Meetings of the Chief Negotiators / their teams / specialised sessions: week of 27 July (London)

  • Round 6: week of 17 August to 21 August (Brussels)