“We want an agreement with, at the base, an FTA like the ones the EU has concluded with other friendly countries, like Canada.
“The sovereignty of the UK, over our laws, our courts or our fishing waters, is of course not on the agenda and we will not accept anything that compromises it – just as we are not looking for anything that threatens. the integrity of the EU. single market. “
Describing the negotiations, the source added: “Imagine two fencers competing against each other or two fighters doing black boxing before the real engagement begins.”
Another EU source added that this round was aimed at “building confidence and seeing how we can build the final compromise in subsequent rounds”.
The dead ends also remain on the A level playing field, including state aid, which is seen as a difficult issue in the Brexit negotiations.
The UK has, however, hinted that it could accept that the future relationship with the EU be governed by a single treaty.
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9.45am update: Scottish government formally opposes UK internal market plans
Holyrood has officially submitted a response to the UK government’s plans for the UK home market after Brexit.
Scottish Constitutional Secretary Michael Russell has warned that the plans should not be imposed without consensus and agreement between the decentralized nations and the British government.
The Westminster government wants to establish a new internal market between the four nations at the end of the Brexit transition period, but the Scottish government has argued that “every decentralized power could be undermined” by the proposals.
Mr Russell argued that the proposed legislation sees Westminster as sovereign in trade and regulatory disputes, and that the UK government “has a veto over everything”.
8:15 a.m. update: Insurance needed to keep NI products shipped via Ireland out of Brexit tariffs
Northern Irish farmers have asked for assurances that Northern Ireland meat exports which are shipped via Dublin port to UK customers will be able to enjoy ‘unhindered access’ after Brexit.
The Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) has said up to 50 percent of red meat destined for the UK market goes this way.
The UK government is committed to ensuring that goods from Northern Ireland face no obstacles when shipped to the UK after the Brexit transition period.
However, UFU says this does not extend to products shipped via the Republic of Ireland.
Union President Victor Chestnutt said: “The products are shipped via Dublin as it is the only possible route to meet just in time requirements.
“There are important unresolved questions as to how unhindered access to the UK internal market can be ensured through Dublin. “