Opinion Michael Barnier following Round 8
London, 10 September 2020
The eighth round of negotiations on the future EU-UK partnership took place inLondon this week.
The EU remains committed to an ambitious future partnership with the UK. This would clearly be to the benefit of both sides. Nobody should underestimate the practical, economic and social consequences of a “no deal” scenario.
In order to maximise the chances of a deal, the EU has shown flexibility to work around the UK's red lines and find solutions that fully respect the UK's sovereignty. In particular with regard to the role of the EuropeanCourt of Justice, the future legislative autonomy of the UK, and fisheries.
However, on its side, the UK has not engaged in a reciprocalway on fundamentalEU principles and interests.
Significant differences remain in areas of essential interest for the EU.
The UK is refusing to include indispensable guarantees of fair competition in our future agreement, while requesting free access to our market. We have taken note of the UK government's statement on “A new approach to subsidy control”. But this falls significantly short of the commitments made in the PoliticalDeclaration....