EU and U.K. remain in deadlock over post-Brexit relations

European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and British Brexit negotiator David Frost attend a meeting with their delegations on further Brexit negotiations at EU headquarters in Brussels, Monday, June 29, 2020. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)

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UPDATED 4:55 PM PT — Thursday, July 23, 2020

No headway was made during the second round of in-person post-Brexit negotiations between the European Union and the U.K. According to both sides, Thursday’s discussions showed considerable gaps in opinions on difficult topics and revealed a deal may not be reached until September.

The two groups are working to secure a trade deal before the U.K. is dropped from the EU’s tariff-free economic zone at the end of this year.

However, the chief negotiator for the EU emphasized no progress has been made at all.

“The U.K. did not show a willingness to break the deadlock,” stated Michel Barnier. “On the level playing field, the U.K. still refuses to commit to maintaining high standards in a meaningful way.”

FILE – In this Monday, March 2, 2020 file photo, European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, speaks with the British Prime Minister’s Europe adviser David Frost during Brexit trade talks between the EU and the UK, at EU headquarters in Brussels. (Olivier Hoslet. Pool Photo via AP, File)

Both sides’ head negotiators will meet informally in London next week before the next round of official talks resumes in mid-August.

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