Little sign of progress as fourth round of Brexit talks end

PUBLISHED: 09:34 05 June 2020 | UPDATED: 09:34 05 June 2020

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and the British Prime Minister's Europe adviser David Frost. Photo by OLIVIER HOSLET/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and the British Prime Minister's Europe adviser David Frost. Photo by OLIVIER HOSLET/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Talks between Britain and the EU have ended with little sign of progress on a post-Brexit trade deal.

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The latest four days of negotiations marked the final opportunity for the two sides to move the process forward before a potentially make-or-break high-level summit later this month.

The UK has until the end of June to seek an extension to the current transition period - which finishes at the end of the year - to allow more time for discussions, something Boris Johnson has vowed he will not do.

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The latest talks got off to an unpromising start with a series of testy exchanges between London and Brussels before the official online negotiations had begun.


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The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier publicly accused the UK of backtracking on previously agreed commitments, warning that the EU would not sign up to a deal “at any cost”.

Downing Street hit back charging the EU with making a series of “unbalanced” demands binding the UK to EU laws and standards to an unprecedented degree for a trade deal.

The two sides are also deadlocked over fisheries, with the UK resisting EU demands for continued long-term access to British waters.

Both sides are expected to officially comment on the talks on Friday.

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