EU tells UK to make ‘necessary moves’ if it wants post-Brexit deal

We are 100% united. Surprised EU is no longer committed to working "intensively" to reach a future partnership as agreed with @vonderleyen on 3 October. And we call on the UK to make the necessary moves,” the EU Council President said on Thursday, during a press conference following an EU27 leaders’ summit in Brussels. “We are united and determined to reach on agreement, but not at any cost,” Michel added, with the EU and UK negotiations stalled in the fields of fisheries, state aid and the so-called level playing field. Reacting to the move, UK’s Brexit negotiator wrote in a Twitter post that he is “disappointed” by the summit’s outcomes and “surprised” that the EU is “no longer committed to working ‘intensively’ to reach a future partnership as agreed with [Ursula] von der Leyen on 3 October.”
He added that he is also “surprised by suggestion that to get an agreement all future moves must come from UK. EPA-EFE/JOHANNA GERON / POOL

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EU Council President Charles Michel has called on the UK to make the “necessary moves” if it seeks to have a post-Brexit trade deal read for January 2021, as the two sides have still to bridge their differences. And we fully trust and support our chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, to continue negotiations. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>EU tells UK to make ‘necessary moves’ if it wants post-Brexit deal

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08749370 European Council President Charles Michel speaks to the media as he arrives for the second and last day of a face-to-face EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, 16 October 2020. Bilateral talks are set to intensify the next two weeks, with the bloc’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier travelling to London for negotiations with his British counterpart David Frost. EPA-EFE/JOHANNA GERON / POOL

European Council President Charles Michel speaks to the media as he arrives for the second and last day of a face-to-face EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, 16 October 2020. — David Frost (@DavidGHFrost) October 15, 2020

 
On Friday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his country is ready to withdraw from the talks with the EU unless the bloc changes its stance on the matter, which would mean giving UK a Canada-style free trade agreement. “On those issues, we are concerned by the lack of progress at the negotiation table. It’s an unusual approach to conducting a negotiation.”

1/3 Disappointed by the #EUCO conclusions on UK/EU negotiations.