Brexit negotiator David Frost explained the economic aspects of a free trade agreement should have been confirmed quickly but the European Union is creating issues with the level-playing field and fisheries. Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove confirmed that any request from the European Council for a transition period extension will be rejected.
Speaking at the EU select Committee, Mr Frost said: “We are quite far away from a broad outline of an agreement that we hope to be that at this point.
“We are frustrated that it is clear from the discussions that we’ve been having over the past few months about a free tradre agreement.
“The economic aspects of this could be agreed pretty quickly but that other issues like, level-playing field and fisheries get in the way.
“I hope we can make some constructive progress in the next round and in the run to the high level meeting.
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“Obviously we need to see how that high-level meeting can be used to make progress.”
Mr Frost went on to tell the House of Lords EU Committee that the UK Government would reject a request from the EU if it were to ask for a Brexit extension.
Lord Wood of Anfield said: “It sounds like the June deadline for an extension request is neither here nor there, it won’t be used under any circumstances. Is that true?
“Are there any circumstances for doing the negotiations that would prompt you to actually consider an extension request?”
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