Michel Barnier, the European Union ’s chief negotiator in charge of Britain ’s “Brexit” affairs, said on the 15th that the results of the third round of negotiations on EU-UK future relations were “disappointing” and the British side should be “more realistic.
The fishery and fair competition clauses are difficult for both parties to negotiate. Barnier said at the press conference that the current round of negotiations lasted for a week and had not made progress on "all the most difficult things", which was "disappointing and very disappointing." He reiterated that the EU "will not sacrifice our values for the benefit of the British economy."
David Frost, the UK ’s chief negotiator, also said that there has been little progress in the negotiations. The main obstacle is the EU ’s insistence on incorporating a series of “singular and unbalanced” conditions into fair competition terms. According to Frost, once the EU realizes that "we will not reach an agreement on that basis," the negotiations will make progress.
The next round of negotiations is scheduled to begin on June 1. Both the EU and the UK called on each other to "make changes" in the new round of negotiations.
The United Kingdom formally "Brexit" on January 31, and needs to determine the future partnership with the EU within the 11-month transition period of "Brexit", covering economic and security fields. In particular, the two sides need to reach a trade agreement to ensure that Britain-Europe trade is not seriously disrupted.
According to current arrangements, if Britain and Europe fail to reach a trade agreement during the transition period, and the transition period will not be extended, the two sides will return to the WTO framework for trade. Public opinion believes that once such a situation occurs, it will cause a "double loss" situation. (Zheng Haoning) [Xinhua News Agency Micro Feature]