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Britain on collision course with European Union over trade

Britain on collision course with European Union over trade”

The document also states that if both sides have not been able to reach a "broad outline of an agreement" by June, then it would have to decide whether to walk away from the talks, AFP reported.

Separately from the trade deal, both sides committed in the Political Declaration to carry out equivalence assessments - checking whether their current regulatory systems are compatible - by the end of June, although that date was missing from the EU's mandate.

Barnier and the PM's Europe adviser David Frost will meet in Brussels on 2 March for the first round of talks on the post-Brexit relationship, with a further session expected in London later in March.

"Businesses are pragmatic, but need the UK-EU negotiations to deliver clarity on the many practical, real-world details that will affect their day-to-day operations for years to come", Adam Marshall, its director-general, said.

The European Union demands that the United Kingdom enforce a ban on "chlorine chickens" as part of a trade agreement between the two parties, The Guardian writes Tuesday on the basis of leaked documents.

The European ministers approved minor changes on the draft mandate presented by the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier earlier this month.

"If that does not seem to be the case at the June meeting, the government will need to decide whether the UK's attention should move away from negotiations and focus exclusively on continuing domestic preparations to exit the transition period in an orderly fashion", it says. "The UK's primary objective in the negotiations is to ensure we restore our economic and political independence on January 1, 2021", Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said in a reference to Britain's status-quo transition period that is due to run till the end of 2020.

Senior cabinet minister Michael Gove told MPs: 'The UK government seeks a FTA with robust protections for the environment and labour standards.

To the European Union, that marks a shift from the commitments Britain made in the Political Declaration, the non-binding part of its Withdrawal Agreement with the bloc.

The final agreement is due to be published online and presented in the UK Parliament on Thursday.

"The government will work hard to agree arrangements on these lines", the document says.

The UK said that, as an independent coastal nation, it will not trade away its fishing rights.

According to the agreement, Northern Ireland remains a UK's customs area but tariffs would apply from next year on goods crossing from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland if they were headed to Ireland or elsewhere in the EU.

Speaking to an ESCP business school seminar in Brussels, he said: "How credible would we be going into the next COP 26 meeting in Glasgow if our future agreement allows businesses to cut corners on environmental and social rights for the sake of gaining market shares?"

The government has also played down the prospect of doing an immediate numerical economic assessment of the introduction of new trading arrangements with the European Union, although a public consultation will begin in the spring, after the formal start of negotiations. Barnier said this was not possible as Britain neighbors the European Union and its potential impact on the single market is much bigger.



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