UK and EU negotiators have resumed talks on a post-Brexit trade deal in the hope of a deal. The Prime Minister said he was still hopeful of reaching an agreement, but that it was “very, very difficult” to make progress. He added: “The friction points remain – quite fundamental. We have always known that we can only reach an agreement if it respects our sovereignty. But not on those three points of friction that we have heard so much about in recent days: fishing rights, competition rules and the application of any agreement. The EU`s 27 national parlamentes may also have to ratify an agreement, depending on the actual content of the agreement. The government says an “agreement in principle” has been reached on issues such as border inspection posts and the provision of medicines. In a joint statement, the UK and the EU said an “agreement in principle” had been reached on all issues. Northern Ireland`s First Minister Arlene Foster said her Democratic Unionist Party would wait for details of the new deal before reaching a verdict. Some clauses could allow the government to violate international law by animating elements of the original Treaty with the EU on Brexit – the withdrawal agreement.
Fishing rights are another important area of disagreement: the EU warns that British fishermen will no longer have access to EU markets to sell their products without access to British waters. Already on Friday, conflicting information was made about the progress of the talks, with some EU officials saying they were close to reaching an agreement, while British officials said the process was “very difficult.” In separate talks, Britain and the EU agreed on Tuesday on specific trade deals for Northern Ireland, including post-Brexit border controls and trade rules for Northern Ireland. The Brexit withdrawal agreement – or the divorce agreement – sets out the details of the UK`s exit from the EU, which took place earlier this year. Britain and the EU have agreed on how the rules of the Brexit divorce deal will be implemented, particularly with regard to Northern Ireland. But the source added that it was important to be “realistic” that an agreement was not possible. with the decision to announce an agreement in principle on all issues in the Joint Committee of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU. I thank @MarosSefcovic and his team for their constructive and pragmatic approach. I will update Parliament tomorrow.t.co/xtJ25h6ymu pic.twitter.com/OKYPLxV0jZ He added that the UK is asking for “a normal type of trade agreements like the [EU] with Canada” and that “it`s really not too much to ask.”