UK chief negotiator David Frost has in a recent statement spoken about the UK and EU stating that they still remain some way off reaching a post-Brexit trade agreement, following the latest negotiations in London.
According to him, there were “considerable gaps” in the most difficult areas, but a deal could still be reached in September.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said a deal looked “at this point unlikely” given the UK position on fishing rights and post-Brexit competition rules.
This was the second official negotiation round to be held in person since the coronavirus crisis after both sides agreed to “intensify” talks in June.
The two sides’ chief negotiators are due to meet informally in London next week, with another round of official talks scheduled for mid-August in Brussels.