A stand-off in negotiations may hinder plans for a swift deal – Bloomberg
- Chief negotiators Michel Barnier and David Frost are set for a series of meetings in London today, and later this week, to try and secure a deal before the EU’s October deadline. Failing an agreement, tariffs and quotas are set to be imposed when the UK formally leaves the bloc at the end of the year.
- Confidence in reaching an agreement on the UK’s future relationship with the EU is dwindling. The EU believe its efforts to compromise have not been reciprocated whilst the UK think the compromises do not go far enough.
- Barnier has suggested the EU are willing to concede ground on the three most contentious topics: EU boats’ access to British fishing waters; how closely the UK will stay aligned to European rules on state aid; and what role the European Court of Justice will play in policing the pact.
- The EU is baffled by the UK’s lack of willingness to compromise – something which may be caused by the UK believing they have the upper hand. It has been suggested British officials feel the EU leaders will realise they would be worse off in the event of no deal.
- Safety experts are calling on the UK to not lower its road safety standards as part of a US-UK trade deal.
- Vehicles on the roads in the UK and the EU are designed to minimise harm to people on foot or on bikes if they are hit. The majority of US vehicles are designed to protect only the passengers in the event of an accident.
- The Parliamentary Advisory Committee on Transport Safety has written to the Trade Secretary to express these concerns and call on the UK to continue to uphold road safety standards.
- There are concerns that the UK will be inclined to lower its safety standards in other areas, such as food, in order to secure an agreement.
- It is expected that US negotiators will want equivalent market access in any deal.
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- The UK government is launching a campaign to reach the ~1 million British citizens living in the EU to ensure they are aware of the process to remain in their host countries after Brexit.
- The UK is urging EU governments to accelerate the process and open up schemes for UK citizens to stay, as the UK has done for EU citizens.
- Mr Gove wrote to the vice president of the European Commission, detailing UK plans to allow 27 months for EU nationals to apply for settled status. The government are concerned some states will operate shorter windows which may not give enough time for applications to be completed.
- At present, 13 countries will operate a similar system to the UK whilst the remaining Member States will allow Brits to declare their residency and demonstrate their rights to continue to live, study and work in the chosen country.
Food shortage fears as 75% of UK hauliers risk being locked out of the EU – Independent
- Concerns are growing amongst UK hauliers as only 2,088 permits are expected to be made available for an industry which recorded 8,348 permit journeys last year.
- Should there be no agreement reached in the trade deal, the UK will have to rely on a fixed number of permits granted through the European Conference of Ministers of Transport scheme.
- It is expected that the UK Department for Transport will be responsible for allocating the permits to business who are hoping to access the EU bloc.
- The Scottish constitutional affairs secretary is concerned the plans for a UK-wide “internal market” will reduce the powers which rest with the devolved Holyrood government.
- The UK government has suggested the plans would increase the power of the devolved governments whilst continuing to respect the policies the devolved bodies make.
- The UK government has insisted that food standards will remain the same, if not higher, as concerns were raised about the damaging effect a bad deal could have on businesses in the devolved nations.