"If [the EU] does not show the degree of flexibility and realism that we want them to show, then we'll leave with the kind of trading arrangements that Australia and other countries have and we think that is also a good arrangement for the future," British Housing Minister Robert Jenrick told Sky News. … [Read more...] about UK, EU kick off fresh Brexit talks as ‘no-deal’ looms
Eu summit in brussels
Mr Johnson said there was 'still an agreement to be had' but he 'cannot and will not compromise on the fundamentals of what it means to be an independent country to get it', such as the freedom for the UK to set its own laws and fish its own waters. … [Read more...] about Number 10 warns Brussels to ‘get real’ about Brexit and accept that Britain is an ‘independent country’ as talks restart today – and leaked cables show EU unease at UK’s hardline stance
Mr Frost is similar in temperament to Mrs May's chief Brexit adviser, Olly Robbins, in that his top priority is getting a Brexit deal (though unlike Mr Robbins, Downing Street hopes that he will not be overheard discussing the nuts and bolts of his Brexit plan, as occurred to disastrous effect in February). … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s Brexit sherpa takes glimmer of hope to Brussels – but is an ‘Ireland-proof’ deal the impossible dream?
Lucrezia Poggetti, an analyst at the Berlin think tank Merics whose research focuses on EU-China relations, told DW that the way China's government had handled the coronavirus pandemic could also prove a point of contention. She said the country had engaged in what she called "mask diplomacy," which many EU officials had "seen as a shameless PR campaign that saw China promoting heavy-handedly its medical supplies to Europe and, in a lot of cases, actually, exports of medical supplies being branded as the aid." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus makes Germany’s EU-China summit go virtual
A government source last night added: 'It is a question of where decisions are made. We had a vote in this country to take back control and we are not going back on that.' The Prime Minister today stresses he is seeking a simple free trade deal along the lines of the one negotiated between the EU and Canada. … [Read more...] about ‘I will NOT back down’: Boris Johnson defies EU fury at threat to ‘tear up’ Brexit divorce terms on Northern Ireland after Michel Barnier warns it would mean NO trade deal – but PM says that would still be a ‘good outcome’ for the UK