The UK have been told by the EU that a post-Brexit trade deal agreement must be achieved by “October at the latest.”
An EU Commission spokesman said they want an “ambitious and fair partnership with the UK,” but this must be done by the end of October for it to be ratified in time.
When asked is a deal can be achieved by September, the EU spokesman said, “The important thing to note, and I would point you first of all back to what Michel Barnier himself said in London at the end of the last round of negotiations that, first of all, we want a deal, we want to have an ambitious and fair partnership with the UK, and that we must come to an agreement in October at the latest.”
He added, “This week and over the coming weeks we will remain constructive, we will remain engaged and respectful with the UK negotiating team in order to reach a deal.”
On Monday a Downing Street spokesman said that they are still confident a deal can be reached by September.
He added that UK negotiators “will continue to plug the gaps where any differences remain.
“There are many issues that will be discussed during this week’s round, not least level playing field, fisheries, trading goods and services, amongst others.”
Trade talks which took place in London last month remained some way off a trade agreement.
Following those talks Barnier said a deal looked “at this point unlikely” as the UK position on fishing rights and competition rules has not changed.
He said that the British government had not shown a “willingness to break the deadlock” on those issues.