Brexit LIVE: 'Don't give EU an INCH' David Frost urged as UK chief unveils key list

Posted on Aug 1 2020 - 5:55am by admin

As the UK fornally left the European Union back in January, negotiations have been ongoing with a deadline of October. But neither side has yet been able to come to an agreement but Mr Frost has revealed the next steps in crucial talks as the transition period deadline looms closer and closer.

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According to the new timetable, negotiating rounds will take place in August and in September, unless agreed otherwise between the parties.

Subject to any constraints required by the relevant national health recommendations, negotiating groups will meet physically, alternately in Brussels and London, in full, in the specialised sessions and in more restricted formats.

The Chief Negotiators from both sides and their teams will meet as necessary in a more restricted format to ensure progress in the negotiations.

Specialised sessions may also work under their authority on issues of particular difficulty in the negotiations to ensure that parallel progress is achieved across all workstreams.

After posting the timetable on social media, Mr Frost has been urged not to give an inch to the EU.

One person said: “Brilliant work David. A deal is the better option but we will get through on WTO if we have to. We’re British it’s what we do.”

Another said: “Our Fishing waters our laws our independence are not up for sale to #EU !!! Only WTO is our true #Brexit”

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8pm update:  Ireland panic: Business leaders fear talks will end in no deal Brexit

Fears of a no deal Brexit outcome have been raised again as business leaders in Ireland are concerned on the impact on the Irish economy.

The UK formally left the European Union and negotiations for a furture relationship and trade deal with the bloc are still ongoing.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to have everything tied up by the end of the transition period in December.

But concerns of a no deal Brexit outcome have been raised according to a study by the Institute of Directors in Ireland.

5.15pm update: Northern Ireland’s deputy leader calls for Brexit clarity

Michelle O’Neill said people in Northern Ireland have been left in the dark over what the outcome will be.

Speaking at the North South Ministerial Council meeting at Dublin Castle on Friday, she said: “Time is running out.

“We are at the 11th hour and have about four months left before we get to the end of the year.

“We have a situation where citizens in the north are still not sure what the outcome will be so we need certainty and clarity.

“For us, we have to have the protocol implemented in full as that gives us our protection and recognises our special and unique circumstances on this island in terms of protecting the trade and having no hard border on the island.”

4.05pm update: David Frost reveals latest timetable for Brexit talks 

The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator has revealed the latest timetable to talks.

The end of the transition is looming closer and neither side seems to be budging and talks are stalemate.

But Mr Frost has provided the timetable ahead of the deal deadline in October.

4pm update: Steven Brown takes over from Bill McLoughlin

2.38pm update: French bank BNP Paribas to move jobs to Europe

The bank said: “Selling financial services from the UK to EU clients will not be allowed.

“In the UK, the front office roles, mainly sales positions, and their associated set-up positions are impacted by these measures.”

1.24pm update: Brexit talk dates released 

The next round of talks will resume on August 17, running through to August 21. 

This will then be followed by meetings between the negotiators between August 24-31. 

Round eight will take place on September 7-11, followed by meetings of the teams between September 14-21. 

Round nine will then take place on September 28 to October 2. 

12.41pm update: Brussels crisis

The majority of people in Italy and France no longer support remaining in the EU, according to a bombshell poll that could see more countries follow the UK out of the bloc.

A European poll has sent shockwaves to Brussels after it found a majority of people in Italy and France did not support remaining inside the European Union

According to the poll, conducted by Euronews, the coronavirus crisis has raised “serious questions” about membership of the bloc. 

Around 43 percent of Italians said they would vote to keep EU membership, while 47 percent of French would do the same.

11.21am update: British fishermen raged at Dutch trawlers 

British fishermen have savaged the huge Dutch trawlers that have depleted their fishing stock in the southeast of England.

Fisherman Wink Walpole told Al Jazeera that the daily catch for the typical fishermen in the area had plummeted by more than 80 percent due to the influx of EU vessels.

Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee said that UK fishermen in the south-east of England have a “big problem” when it comes to their job.

“The far larger Dutch trawlers not only steal into British waters but use techniques like the mass electrocution of fish to take the lion share.”

10.06am update: EU admits ‘trauma’ over Brexit referendum result

Brexit sent shockwaves across the continent, sparking fears the bloc’s future may now be at risk. 

Lithuania’s permanent representative to the EU, Jovita Neliupšienė has opened up about how a great deal of fear spread across the bloc following the vote.

She said in an interview with Politico: “For a couple of months everyone here in Brussels — you probably remember yourself — had the feeling that the EU ship may as well sink, that the EU is not for granted.”

Brexit timeline

Brexit timeline (Image: Express)

9.33am update: CBI warns over no deal Brexit 

The Confederation of British Industry has warned UK businesses are now less prepared than they were in January. 

Due to the coronaviurs pandemic, one in five businesses have admitted their concern over no deal planning. 

Director general, Carolyn Fairburn said: “What’s clear from this wide-ranging survey is that the majority of firms have neither the time nor resources to prepare for a non-negotiated EU exit.

“While many larger firms have long had plans in place for a no-deal outcome, smaller firms will struggle to cope with a double dose of disruption. Businesses on both sides are desperate for a deal that protects their economies at this most precarious of times.”

UK-EU negotiations

UK-EU negotiations (Image: Express)

8.42am update: China relations may hinder Brexit 

Due to the worsening tensions with China, the ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming has claimed future trade ties post-Brexit may now well be impacted. 

Amid the offer of British citizenship and the exlucion of Huawei from the 5G network, he warned decoupling from China may well hurt the UK post-Brexit. 

He said: “When Brexit is completed and Covid-19 is over, there will be unlimited prospects for UK-China co-operation in areas of trade, financial services, science and technology, education and healthcare.

“It is hard to imagine a global Britain that bypasses or excludes China.

“Decoupling from China means decoupling from opportunities, decoupling from growth and decoupling from the future.”

8.07am update: Japan trade deal could be done by next month

Japan and UK officials concluded the first round of talks this week in the hope of an agreement being secured by September. 

However, the Japanese embassy has stated an agreement could be concluded as early as next month. 

Given the time needed for it to be ratified in the Japanese parliament, an official stated August is “still possible”. 

An official told Morning Trade UK: “Considering the time needed for the legal details and the Diet ratification, early August is also possible.”

Brexit live: Japan trade deal update

Brexit live: Japan trade deal update (Image: PA)

7.37am update: Lib Dems reveal latest plot

During their question and answer session with Politicio, Lib Dem leadership candidates, Layla Moran and Sir Ed Davey once again stated their intent to take the UK back into the EU. 

Although the Brexit referendum occurred four years ago, Sir Ed once again insisted he would be at the frontline of any fight to rejoin the bloc. 

Sir Ed said: “I’ll always believe our best place is in the EU, but our job now is to convince the country of that.

“If the opportunity ever arises for us to rejoin, and we can take the public with us, I’ll be at the frontline of that fight.”

Ms Moran added: “I would love to rejoin the EU, and I believe we will in years to come, but we must make the positive case to the public and win the hearts and minds of voters first.

“In the short term, my priority is to work cross-party to prevent a devastating no-deal Brexit at the end of the year.”

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