Source: Global Ag Media/The Pig Site, 24 August 2020, photo credit: Internet Retailing
The European Union and Britain made scant progress towards a deal on futures ties in talks last week, with chief negotiators from both sides blaming each other
Reuters reports that the impasse comes as the end-of-year deadline looms.
“Those who were hoping for negotiations to move swiftly forward this week will have been disappointed,” the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, told a news conference after two full days of talks in Brussels on 21 August.
His British counterpart David Frost said a deal on post-Brexit relations was “still possible” and was still London’s goal but would not be easy to achieve.
“There are … significant areas which remain to be resolved and even where there is a broad understanding between negotiators, there is a lot of detail to work through,” Frost said in a statement. “Time is short for both sides.”