After a week of negotiations in London, David Frost admitted “considerable gaps” between Britain and the European Union remain. He said the UK woul
After a week of negotiations in London, David Frost admitted “considerable gaps” between Britain and the European Union remain. He said the UK would continue negotiating with the bloc with the belief an agreement can be struck by September. Mr Frost said: “We have just concluded our latest round of negotiations with the EU. These were the first formal trade discussions to have taken place in London during these talks and were part of the intensified process agreed for July.
“It is unfortunately clear that we will not reach in July the ‘early understanding on the principles underlying any agreement’ that was set as an aim at the High Level Meeting on June 15.
“At that meeting, the Prime Minister set out once again the fundamental principles which we have repeatedly made clear would need to underpin any future agreement and which are intrinsic to the UK’s future as an economically and politically independent country.
“Any agreement needs to honour these principles in full. The EU’s proposals so far, while a welcome response to the Prime Minister’s statement, do not do so, and therefore substantial areas of disagreement remain.”
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