No breakthrough in recent round of Brexit talks

The latest round of negotiations between the UK and European Union on future diplomatic and trade ties after the Brexit transition period ends have brought no breakthroughs.
calendar icon 21 August 2020
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Reuters reports that an EU official believes that pre-existing sticking points in the negotiations mean that there is little chance of a deal being agreed in this round of talks.

"Nothing has moved. [There were] some technical exchanges that weren't entirely pointless but nothing noteworthy on the topics that matter," said the official, who is involved in the talks and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Last March, Britain became the first country ever to leave the EU - after 46 years of membership - and the two are now negotiating a new partnership from 2021 on everything from trade and transport to energy and security.

Persistent disagreements over state aid rules and fishing quotas have so far thwarted a deal, which the EU says must be in the making in time for approval at a 15-16 October summit of the bloc's 27 national leaders to enable ratification this year.

Beyond the biggest stumbling blocks, differences also linger in discussions on migration, security, dispute-settling mechanisms, human rights guarantees and other areas.

Despite time being short, the EU side has been relatively upbeat in recent weeks that an agreement can be reached with the coronavirus pandemic bringing economic havoc and both sides of the English Channel wanting to avoid an even deeper recession.

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