At some points, some progress has been made in the fifth round of negotiation on the conditions for the unbundling of the United Kingdom, but a real breakthrough is still to be expected, said Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the European Commission, on Thursday.
At a press conference in Brussels, Barnier called this week’s talks constructive, but stressed that this time it was not possible to move the deadlock from negotiations.
As he said, negotiations on the financial obligations of the United Kingdom against the EU have come to a dead end, the British delegation has said this time that they are not yet able to concretize their proposals, and this week, this issue was not discussed.
“So I can not recommend the European Council to open negotiations on future relations,” he said.
The former French Minister has stressed that although not enough progress has been made to date on the major issues of deconstruction in order to begin the second phase of the negotiations, a breakthrough will be achieved with sufficient political will in the next two months, up to the EU summit in December.
In response to a journalist question, the negotiator said that the EU is ready for every opportunity, but disorderly withdrawal would be extremely damaging for both sides.
At the joint press conference, British Prime Minister David Dawes of Brexit urged the commencement of negotiations on the future relationship.
The Head of Defense expressed hope that the leaders of the remaining Member States will recognize the progress made so far and enable them to move on to trade issues. This, as he stressed, would be in the interest of both the country and the European Union.
Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon states that EU membership will expire two years after the date of the entry into force of the exit contract and, in the absence thereof, the date of departure, that is, in this case, on 29 March 2019, but discontinuance negotiations may be extended by consensus decision by the Member States.
The European Commission wanted to conclude the negotiations by November 2018 at the latest to have enough time to ratify the Convention by March 2019 and the European Parliament.
Source: MTI / Image: wikimediacommons /