Post-Brexit Negotiations Begin

Bilateral meeting between between PM Boris Johnson and President von der Leyen by .
Prime Minister Boris Johnson bilateral meeting with President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
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With around 100 British officials participating, the first round of negotiations will cover 11 areas including trade in goods and services, energy and transport, as the agenda showed on the UK government’s website…reports Asia Lite News

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David Frost, CEO, London Chamber

The European Union (EU) and the UK have started the negotiations for a new partnership following Britain’s exit from the bloc on January 31.

The talks began on Monday with a bilateral meeting between the chief negotiators, the EU’s Michel Barnier and the UK’s David Frost, media reported.

With around 100 British officials participating, the first round of negotiations will cover 11 areas including trade in goods and services, energy and transport, as the agenda showed on the UK government’s website.

“We approach these negotiations in a constructive spirit. We want to agree an ambitious and fair partnership. We will respect our prior joint commitments,” said Barnier on Twitter.

The first round of negotiations is set to last until Thursday.

BRUSSELS, Nov. 15, 2018 (Xinhua) -- European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier speaks at a press conference at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 15, 2018. A European Council meeting is expected on Nov. 25 in order to "finalize and formalize the Brexit agreement," European Council President Donald Tusk told reporters Thursday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong/IANS) by .
European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier

The UK officially left the EU on January 31, but is continuing to abide by many of the bloc’s rules while talks on a permanent trading relationship take place.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to get a deal with the EU by the end of the transition period – December 31, 2020 – and has said he was not prepared to extend that deadline.

Both Frost and Johnson have said in recent weeks they want to seek a Canada-style agreement with zero tariffs from the EU, the BBC reported.

But Barnier has rejected such a deal, saying the UK is not like Canada, and its geographical proximity would threaten competition between EU states.

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