European Union negotiator for future relations with the United Kingdom, Michel Barnier, said on Friday that he was disappointed with the lack of progress on key issues of negotiations with the United Kingdom in the context of future relations, which he simultaneously warned London that it would not accept a “balance” agreement that would lower access conditions to the internal market.
“There will be no compensatory agreement. If the UK wants a trade agreement, there are a number of conditions attached to our sovereignty, and it will not be a third country that sets the conditions for access to our single market,” warned Barnier at a conference. offered by Brussels press after the third round of negotiations with the United Kingdom, which started last Monday.
Barnier, in his appearance, insisted that the results after this week of consultations were “disappointing” as, despite some “useful clarifications” on issues such as trade in goods or transport, the negotiating teams have “failed” to make progress “on the fundamental issues of agreement.
The European negotiator has recognized the “small openings” that have allowed the fisheries dialogue to begin, but has criticized London for participating in this new round of telematics without being willing to have a “real discussion” about equality of competition.