The German government is urging other EU states to prepare for a no deal Brexit, according an internal document that casts doubt on Britain’s optimism over chances of an early agreement on its future ties with the bloc.
The EU’s executive said on Friday it was reassured that London was keen to step up the momentum of talks to implement the Withdrawal Agreement divorce deal agreed with Britain last year, but it warned that the window of opportunity was closing fast.
The European Union has refused to link its Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to any new corresponding British scheme without guarantees that it would not undercut the bloc’s carbon market, said diplomats and officials familiar with ongoing Brexit talks.
The fundamental issue for Britain is to be able to set its own laws, the country’s negotiator with the European Union David Frost said on Wednesday, again rejecting the bloc’s level playing field provisions.
Britain’s negotiator with the EU, David Frost, said on Wednesday he had been impressed by what can be achieved by negotiating by video conference because of the coronavirus, but it does mean that other parts of traditional talks are more difficult.
Britain made a political decision not to participate in a European scheme to buy ventilators and other equipment to fight the coronavirus, the top official at Britain’s foreign ministry said on Tueday.
British health minister Matt Hancock denied on Tuesday that Britain made a political decision not to participate in an EU procurement scheme to provide items of personal protective equipment against the new coronavirus.
Britain appears to be sticking to its plan to seek a free trade deal with the EU by the end of 2020 even though formal talks have been postponed due to the coronavirus, Ireland’s finance minister said after talks with his British counterpart.