UK government close to abandoning Brexit talks with the EU – Evening Standard
- The UK government is reportedly close to abandoning hope of reaching a trade deal with the EU.
- Ministers are now working on the assumption that Britain will begin to trade with Europe on WTO terms following the end of the transition period.
- Neither side is backing down on fishing rights, level playing field guarantees, governance of the deal or the role of the CJEU.
- Negotiations are due to finish on Thursday but there may be a basic agreement in place by the autumn if the parties yield ground.
- The UK is seeking a zero tariff, zero quota trade deal but WTO terms may mean tariffs could delay the passage of goods entering and exiting the UK.
- The UK believes it is not asking the EU for a better deal than it has given other nations.
- EU diplomats are reportedly prepared for whatever the outcome of the trade talks may be.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel also called on Brussels to step up preparations for a no-deal scenario since “very limited” progress has been made during the negotiations.
UK abandons hope of US trade deal by end of year – FT
- Senior government officials have concluded that no comprehensive deal between the two nations will be decided before the US November election.
- Key points of debate centre on US agricultural products and motor vehicles entering the UK market.
- The UK government are keen to not rush into a deal and be bound by unfavourable terms.
- The Prime Minister has claimed that the government is trying to “rigorously protect” the UK’s public services whilst also maintaining high standards for food.
- The Trump administration is looking to substantially increase the current levels of trade done between the two countries.
Northern Irish drivers will need a green card to cross the border – BBC
- Northern Irish drivers will have to carry an insurance green card when crossing the border into the Republic of Ireland from January.
- The green card proves that you have insurance cover to drive in another jurisdiction.
- The same process is expected to be applied to all UK drivers attempting to drive in an EU Member State.
- However, Irish drivers crossing the border into Northern Ireland will not require a green card.
- It was also confirmed that UK drivers would not need to hold an International Driving Permit, as some EU countries may demand, when visiting Ireland.