The EU seems to be divided on its demands as Finland has today issues warning to both the UK and the EU negotiators, stating that there are still many open issues to be considered before a Brexit trade deal can be sealed.
Finland’s European minister, Tytti Tuppurainen, pointed out this morning that aviation was of important interest for her country, thereby reminding Michel Barnier and his team that not everything borders on fishing.
Fishing has remained one of the major issues why post-Brexit talk has stalled with France particularly refusing to accept cut access to the British fishing waters. Ms Tuppurainen’s comments this morning revealed that not all the EU nations are interested in full access to the UK fishing waters.
Although Ms Tuppurainen maintained that the EU still looks forward to a post-Brexit deal with the UK “but not at any cost.”
Speaking ahead of a summit of EU leaders on Thursday, she added the specific sensitivities of the Bloc’s 27 member states needed more attention in EU-UK technical talks.
“There are also many national issues which need to be handled for instance, for us Finland it is important to pay more attention to the aviation issue that requires more attention at the technical level of the negotiations,” Ms Tuppurainen added.
Markku Keinänen, Finnish Ambassador to the UK, said he was “still very optimistic that we can find a solution,” while adding that this, “can’t be guaranteed. Both sides have red lines that they don’t want to change. The coming weeks will be crucial – we have to be able to reach reasonable progress so we can enter the final phase of negotiations.”
Tom Dodds, British Ambassador to Finland agreed with his counterpart, stressing “Both sides would like to have an agreement. But Boris Johnson has been very clear that unless we have a clear indication that there is going to be an agreement by the middle of this month the UK side and the EU side will have to double down on preparations for trading in a different way.”
Britain and the European Union are engaged in three days of intensive trade talks as Boris Johnson’s deadline for progress in trade talks fast approaches. While Downing Street said the Prime Minister remained committed to the October 15th date.
“David Frost and the UK negotiating team are in Brussels today for further talks as part of the intensified process that was agreed by the PM and Ursula von der Leyen.
“These talks will continue until Wednesday. Then the European Council takes place at the end of this week. We will work as hard as we can to see if we can get an agreement by October 15th. The EU themselves indicated to the UK negotiating team in July that mid-October was the last possible date for a deal,” a spokesperson for Mr Johnson said.