As the EU-UK negotiations continue, a German minister has called on Britain to make a “substantive” move on fisheries and fair competition.
The Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth expressed the urgency of the move as post-Brexit talks with the European Union was now “at a very critical stage”
Speaking to ministers from the bloc’s member states about Brexit in Luxembourg, Roth said: “We are at a very critical stage in the negotiations and we are extremely under pressure. Time is running out.
“That’s why we expect substantial progress by our friends in the United Kingdom in key areas: in particular on governance, ‘level playing field’ and fisheries.”
The EU affairs minister had pulled out all the stops for the Brexit deal and was also prepared to trade from next year.
A meeting will be conducted by EU leaders on Thursday and Friday to assess progress. The prime minister of the UK, Boris Johnson said he wants to know if the deal is within the realms of possibility by Thursday.
Roth`s demand that the UK must take an urgent move in the “critical stage” of Brexit talks was backed by Finnish Europe Minister minister Tytti Tuppurainen.
“There are many open issues. Of course, we do want to have an agreement with the UK, but not at any cost,” the minister said.