British post-Brexit negotiator David Frost on Friday accused the European Union of having included new proposals in the negotiation process and called for Brussels to change the focus before the next round in June.
In a statement at the end of his videoconferencing meeting with EU negotiator Michel Barnier, Frost stated that “very little progress had been made in reaching agreement on the main issues that remained”.
The UK minister has argued that the trade agreement with the EU could be “easily” in the planned time before the end of the year, but “the main obstacle is that the EU insists on taking up a number of new and unbalanced proposals”. This would mean “binding” the UK to Community laws or standards or “defining our national legal systems in a way that is unprecedented in free trade agreements and that is not provided for in the political declaration”.
The London negotiator specifically referred to fisheries and criticized that “the EU continues to insist on basic fisheries agreements and access to British fish waters in a way that is inconsistent with our future status as an independent coastal state”.