EU-UK negotiations: tangible results needed soon
Statement by David McAllister, Chair of the European Parliament UK Coordination Group, following the second round of negotiations on a new EU-UK partnership:
"Today, the European Commission and the UK government concluded the second round of negotiations on a new EU-UK partnership via videoconference. I am concerned to hear Michel Barnier expressing his disappointment about the British lack of engagement within four crucial areas of divergence, including level playing field provisions, fisheries, cooperation in the area of security and the overall governance of the partnership. At the same time, the UK negotiator again ruled out an extension of the transition period, which means that time is clearly of the essence, with the COVID-19 pandemic having already slowed down the pace of negotiations.
"Progress must be made in all these areas as well as in the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement by June. Only two negotiation rounds remain until then, and concrete results must be achieved, showing tangible progress in the next weeks."