In a set of draft European Council conclusions, to be adopted this week, capitals welcomed the UK and EU’s pledge to intensify efforts to reach an agreement this summer. But they will warn businesses and EU institutions that they should also ramp up preparations for a new trading relationship with Britain – including a no deal. The draft document “calls upon member states, Union insinuations and all stakeholders to step up their work on preparedness and readiness at all levels for all outcomes, including that of no agreement”.
Describing the state of the negotiations, the European Council “takes note of the limited progress achieved in the negotiations until now”.
European capitals warned against chief negotiators Michel Barnier and David Frost from entering into so-called secret “tunnel negotiations”.
EU member states “welcome the plans agreed by the Chief Negotiators to to intensify the negotiation process and to create the most conducive conditions for reaching an agreement before the end of 2020 while recalling that negotiations have to be carried out in a way that ensures that the Council remains fully informed of any developments”.