EU’s Barnier believes Brexit deal is possible – Reuters

  • Michel Barnier expressed confidence at a closed-door meeting with member state envoys to the bloc last Friday that a new deal with the UK was possible.
  • His comments after the latest round of EU-UK negotiations contrast with his downbeat public assessment that London’s rigid positions on fisheries and the “level playing field” guarantees of fair competition meant a deal was unlikely for now.
  • “I remain confident that a balanced and sustainable deal remains possible, even if less ambitious,” Barnier told the gathering, adding that London seemed more interested in pursuing only a “low-quality, low-profile” deal.

UK businesses could benefit from environment ‘level playing field’ in EU trade deal, lawmakers say – MLex

  • UK companies could benefit from common rules and standards on the environment, especially climate change, in an EU trade deal, a UK parliamentary committee said today, urging the government to boost efforts to reach an agreement on the “stumbling block.”
  • Such a deal – now hampered by a “lack of trust” between the EU and the UK – could be reached by including non-regression clauses in the country’s Environment Bill, said lawmakers on the EU Committee.
  • “We urge the Government to take into account the priorities of industries,” the lawmakers sitting on the committee said in a letter sent today to Environment Secretary George Eustice (see here), adding that “level playing field provisions could be beneficial for the UK, especially on climate change policy”.

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