Brexit trade deal WILL be struck this year say UK negotiations – but only after EU tantrum – Express, Express.co.uk
British officials expect a lot of “noise” between the two sides before Brussels eventually drops its hardline negotiating position. Talks between the UK and European Commission continued last week but ended with the bloc accusing Britain of refusing to engage on its plans for a regulatory level playing field and upholding existing fisheries access. But sources close to the UK negotiating team said a deal can be completed before the post-Brexit transition period expires at the end of the year.
Officials have suggested the row over the two sides’ redlines must first escalate before they can reach a compromise.
A source said: “I’m quite positive. I do believe in the core areas of this there’s a good understanding between negotiations.
“I’m confident we will get over the disagreements. Probably a bit more noise has to happen before we get to that point. ”
Another round of online trade negotiations is scheduled for May
Michel Barnier and Boris Johnson face a moment of reckoning before striking a trade deal (Image: GETTY)