Negotiator David Frost has said Britain will not change its stance as it seeks a post-Brexit deal with the European Union.
Mr Frost disclosed this in a tweet on Sunday, November 15, 2020, as he arrived in Brussels for talks; adding that: “We are working to get a deal, but the only one that’s possible is one that is compatible with our sovereignty and takes back control of our laws, our trade, and our waters. That has been our consistent position from the start and I will not be changing it.”
He said he and his EU counterpart, Mr Michel Barnier would resume their face-to-face negotiations but warned that: “we may not succeed”.
AFP reports that talks over the next few days are seen as crucial for any deal before time runs out at the end of the year when the post-Brexit transition period ends.
He noted some progress, but said “significant elements” remained to be resolved.
The persistent differences are over EU demands for a level playing field in trade to ensure fair competition and for a robust disputes mechanism, and both sides are arguing over fishing rights in British waters.