Fine dining and good conversation, Or is it?

Brexit negotiations

Negotiations restart at Downing Street. Pic: Twitter

Social distancing I am certain will be upheld, along with all the other protocols now in place due to Covid-19

As top negotiators from both sides of the Brexit table gather in London, there will be a dinner held at Number 10 Downing Street, to kick off the latest round of negotiations in the EU trade talks.

Last week the talks ground to a halt a day before the break was scheduled as the two parties had hit an impasse which at the time could not be surmounted, as the ‘gulf’ between the negotiating corners was to wide, and there was no sign at the time that there could be a deal struck, meaning Britain would not be able to get a trade deal before the end of the year.

There are signs however in another story from the EWN today that the EU may be on the verge of a massive U-Turn in the fisheries policy, which could get things moving again from tomorrow when talks resume.

Tonight Michele Barnier and David Frost will dine in style at an ‘informal’ evening where I am certain talks will commence before the sessions start in earnest.

Asked whether Britain had new proposals, a spokesman said: “I am sure discussions will cover everything from what the EU calls the level playing field through to governance structures.”

We all await the results, and of course hope that a deal can be struck,  that I think will depend on whether the EU are willing to realize that the UK has in fact already left.

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