Commenting on negotiations on Thursday, Mr Gove stated it would be difficult to agree a free trade deal by the end of the year unless a broad agreement is reached by October. Both sides have been locked in negotiations but so far no substantive progress has been made on a free trade deal. Mr Gove said: “If we haven’t secured significant progress by October, then it will be difficult.”
The two sides, however, met earlier this week via video conference where it was agreed talks would be expedited from next month.
If a deal is reached, the EU would need the agreement to be ratified by every member state.
Speaking on LBC radio today, Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab also stated: “We’ve agreed on both sides to energise and intensify the talks.
“We don’t want to hang around – we’re not going to wait for this to be dragged out into the autumn and the winter.”
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There are still several areas of divergence between the two sides including fisheries, fair competition and state aid.
The EU has also questioned how much access UK financial services will be able to have in the single market post-Brexit.
While EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen did agree both sides needed to speed up talks, she also insisted the EU will not sacrifice its red lines.
She said: “The negotiations with the UK always promised to be difficult and they have not disappointed.
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“We are now halfway through these negotiations with five months left to go.
“But we’re definitely not halfway through the work to reach an agreement.
“We will do all in our power to reach an agreement.”
Although Boris Johnson did also admit talks had so far not provided any true progression, he did hold out hope a deal could be reached by next month.
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However, a leaked document from the German document revealed officials were instead earmarking September as the month where a deal could be made.
A government document dated June 15, seen by Reuters stated: “From September, the negotiations enter a hot phase. Britain is already escalating threats in Brussels, wants to settle as much as possible in the shortest possible time and hopes to achieve last-minute success in the negotiations.
“It is therefore important to preserve the unity of the 27, to continue to insist on parallel progress in all areas and to make it clear that there will be no agreement at any price.
“Therefore, both national and European contingency planning would now have to start in order to be prepared for a no deal 2.0.”
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As it stands, the transition period ends on December 31, 2020.
If no agreement is made, the UK will leave on WTO regulations.
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Mr Barnier, however, has also stated this month that the UK has refused to come to an agreement on security and defence.
He said: “We put forward a proposal for the negotiating table, as we call them, on security and defence and foreign policy issues at large.
“The UK has chosen not to open that table of discussion.”