The Brussels diplomat claimed there are “three key” points to overcome in order to finally make progress after weeks of deadlock. He insisted the divides over access to Britain’s coastal waters, the so-called “level-playing field” and an agreement to police any future deal would need to be resolved.
Writing on social media, Mr Barnier said: “Happy to be back in London today, redoubling our efforts to reach an agreement on the future EU-UK partnership.”
He claimed any agreement must “respect EU autonomy and UK sovereignty with effective governance and enforcement mechanisms between international partners”.
In a demand that could rock the Brexit talks, Mr Barnier insisted future common standards should be made to “evolve over time”.
Downing Street has been adamant it would not enter into an agreement with Brussels that ties Britain to the bloc’s standards over time.
Barnier has listed his demands for a Brexit deal to be reached
Michel Barnier is the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator
And finally, Mr Barnier said any future relationship pact must provide “stable and reciprocal access to markets and fishing opportunities in the interest of both parties”.
The EU’s chief negotiator will hold talks with UK counterpart in London today in the hope of bridging the gaps between the two sides.
Ahead of the talks, Mr Barnier told colleagues he feels the “weight of responsibility on my shoulders” to find a quality agreement.
He believes a deal on trade and security is needed more than ever to help counter the growing terrorism threat and economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Lord Frost will hold Brexit talks with Michel Barnier today
Boris Johnson over the weekend declared a Brexit deal with the European Union is “there to be done”.
The Prime Minister, who has received a series of briefings from his chief negotiator, said: “I think it’s there to be done, the broad outlines are pretty clear.
“We just need to get them to do it if we can.”
Mr Johnson promised to “redouble efforts to reach a deal” after a weekend call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
The talks will be held in London this week
In another sign that the Government is closing in on a Brexit deal with Brussels, Dominic Raab claimed there was confidence both sides would find a middle-ground compromise.
The Foreign Secretary said: “There are some core interests at stake for the UK, points of democratic principle around control of our laws, control of our fisheries as an independent coastal state.
“I don’t think we can toss those aside but if the EU shows the flexibility, the goodwill to meet us halfway, I am confident a deal can still be done.”
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Brexit trade talks will likely be overshadowed by a House of Laws vote on the Government’s Internal Market Bill.
Peers are expected to inflict a heavy defeat on No10, demanding controversial powers to rip up last year’s Withdrawal Agreement are stripped from the legislation.
Mr Barnier has accused Downing Street of using its Brexit Bill to pressure the EU into concessions.
The Brussels diplomat told allies he was suspicious whether Britain was deliberately stalling its preparations for the end of the transition period in a bid force the bloc to reopen the divorce deal.