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EU and the UK struggling to find a midway for Brexit talks amid the coronavirus pandemic

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When the global pandemic emerged in the United Kingdom during late January 2020, it surged at a very high rate. Currently, the UK has reported 157,149 confirmed cases 21,092 deaths. Due to the ongoing pandemic crisis, the Brexit talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom is brought to a standstill.

French politician Michel Barnier, serving as the European Commission’s Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, lately accused Boris Johnson’s administration of stepping back on responsibilities promised at the time of Brexit. On Monday, the European Union and the United Kingdom reinstated talks through video call after the chaos brought about by the coronavirus pandemic which hindered one-o-one meeting.

Barnier added that we are attempting to strike a free trade deal before the end of 2020 to regulate the UK from smashing out of the single market on World Trade Organization terms. He listed few points before ending of the round of talks between the two sides, expressing that the UK has failed to engage substantially on topics like:- to what degree will the UK respect EU guidelines and norms?, How will the deal be governed or executed?, whether the UK would officially remain in the European Convention on Human Rights? And the topic of fisheries which has not been touched yet.

Barnier additionally argued that the “UK is not in a position to refuse the extended transition and simultaneously slow down talks on significant territories. Currently, our views on the matter are excessively far apart for a deal.

In response, Britain’s Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove expressed that talks for seeking a deal on a post-Brexit alliance among Britain and the European Union, however, can be achieved within the concurred timescale. In contrast with what the EU’s chief mediator Michel Barnier stated, we believe it is still entirely conceivable to settle negotiations on the timetable that has been laid out, he added.

In a few weeks, the UK will prepare and publish the text for the dialogue, and both sides could negotiate by the end of June. Gove abstained from remarking whether Britain would abandon talks if there were a lack of progress amid the EU and the UK.

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