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Brexit talks "must end by autumn": Britain says EU negotiations cannot go on forever


Brexit talks "must end by autumn": Great Britain informs the EU that the negotiations cannot go on forever

  • Sources said the EU accepted that Britain would not move its red lines in talks
  • However, Michel Barnier warned the United Kingdom that there would be no "agreement at any cost".
  • This stands before the crucial Brexit trade negotiations that begin on Tuesday

Brexit Britain has warned the EU that trade talks cannot last forever and must be completed before autumn.

Before the next round of crunch talks this week, sources close to the negotiations said that the EU had accepted that Britain would not budge on its red lines.

It came when EU negotiator Michel Barnier warned Boris Johnson not to miss his promises.

Britain has warned the EU that the Brexit trade talks cannot last forever and must be completed before autumn. In the picture, Boris Johnson speaks to Chancellor Angela Merkel and other officials at a European Union summit in Brussels in October 2019

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Mr. Barnier submitted an ultimatum saying that there would be no "agreement at any cost".

He said: “We remember very well the text we negotiated with Boris Johnson. And we just want to see that this is kept. On the letter … And if that doesn't happen, there will be no agreement. & # 39;

In response to this, a British source near yesterday's negotiations said: & # 39; We expect next week's round to be constructive and keep the process on track. But then we need things to go faster.

“The EU finally seems to have understood that we will no longer pursue the basics. So now they need to think quickly about how to find an agreement that reflects this reality.

EU negotiator Michel Barnier warned Boris Johnson not to miss his promises and issued an ultimatum that there would be "no agreement at all costs".

EU negotiator Michel Barnier warned Boris Johnson not to miss his promises and issued an ultimatum that there would be "no agreement at all costs".

PM changes his mind about Huawei

According to a high-ranking government source, Boris Johnson has changed his mind about the deal with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

The company will have crunch talks with Downing Street this week after reports say No. 10 is looking for a way out of the deal to help Huawei build 35 percent of the 5G network.

The meeting with Sir Edward Lister, one of Mr. Johnson's senior executives, was described as a "clarifying moment" for the company.

A high-ranking government source told the Sunday Times that the prime minister wanted to use a new security check "as cover" to get out of the business. Another said that Mr. Johnson's attitude had changed.

It is believed that No. 10 has worked out a plan to phase out Huawei's role by a set date, with 2023 set as a possible deadline.

“Conversations cannot go on forever. The UK must ensure that companies can adequately prepare for what will happen at the end of the year. & # 39;

Government sources have accused the EU of delaying talks until autumn when it will be too late for companies to prepare.

A senior government source said: "The EU needs to bring a political reality to its approach and recognize that it cannot use its usual delay tactics to drag the talks into the fall.

& # 39; October is too late. Our companies need to know if there will be a trade deal by then to prepare for the end of the transition. & # 39;

The last round of negotiations ended in a standoff after both sides failed to agree on key areas such as fisheries, a level playing field between UK and EU companies and the role of European courts.

The next round, which starts this week, is crucial as negotiators need to determine whether sufficient progress has been made or resort to no-deal planning.

The negotiators privately expect the pace to accelerate in July after a meeting between the Prime Minister and the President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

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