Face-to-face Brexit talks are taking place in Brussels today for the first time since the start of the pandemic. With a deadline of July 1 for the UK to ask for an extension, there is much for chief negotiators, David Frost and Michel Barnier, to wrangle over. Sky News Europe Correspondent Adam Parsons revealed that the continued involvement of the European Court of Justice in UK matters has struck a nerve in the negotiations.
From Brussels, the Sky reporter told viewers: “There’s a big question of what happens if there’s an argument?
“If there’s a dispute, who sorts that out?
“The Commission say it has to involve the European Court of Justice.
“The British Government say, ‘no way will we allow that court to be involved’.”
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Mr Parsons continued: “Not least because it was so inflammatory within the Brexit process.
“Fishing is also a difficult one to reconcile the two positions at the moment, as entrenched as they are.
“The UK say it wants the rights to decide who goes into its coastal waters.
“The EU says that Channel and British waters have been fished for decades, if not centuries.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that he wants a deal done by the end of summer.
Mr Parsons warned that this was “wishful thinking”.
Mr Barnier tweeted today: “Negotiations resumed this morning with David Frost & team, in a restricted format. We will make the most of our intensified talks over the coming weeks & months.
“Our goal: a comprehensive future relationship with United Kingdom.
“The European Union remains calm & united in its principles and values.”