David Frost REPEATS vital UK red line in warning to EU ahead of PM’s crunch Brussels talks

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The Prime Minister will take part in a virtual summit with the European Commission President on Monday in a bid to break the deadlock in post-Brexit trade negotiations. European Council President Charles Michel and the President of the European Parliament David-Maria Sassoli will join the meeting.

The UK and the EU have also agreed to an “intensified timetable” for July with possible face-to-face discussions after admitting a lack of progress in negotiations which have been continuing remotely during the coronavirus crisis.

Mr Johnson’s Europe adviser welcomed the developments but warned Britain will not extend the transition period.

Mr Frost tweeted: “Very pleased that @BorisJohnson @vonderleyen @eucopresident @EP_President will meet on Monday (remotely), and that we have agreed an intensified talks process throughout July.

“I am also retweeting the message I posted in April on the Government’s policy on the transition period, which remains valid.”

The post from April 16 the Prime Minister’s Europe adviser retweeted said: “As we prepare for the next Rounds of negotiations, I want to reiterate the Government’s position on the transition period created following our withdrawal from the EU.

“Transition ends on 31 December this year. We will not ask to extend it. If the EU asks we will say no.

“Extending would simply prolong negotiations, create even more uncertainty, leave us liable to pay more to the EU in future, and keep us bound by evolving EU laws at a time when we need to control our own affairs.

“In short, it is not in the UK’s interest to extend.”

Negotiators will meet in each of the five weeks between June 29 and July 27.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The UK and the EU have agreed an intensified timetable for FTA negotiations in July.

“This new process will involve a mix of formal negotiating rounds and smaller group meetings, both in London and Brussels assuming public health guidelines enable this.

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“There will be talks each week of the five weeks between W/C June 29 and W/C July 27.

“The High Level Meeting between the Prime Minister and President von der Leyen, President Michel and President Sassoli will take place by video conference on the afternoon of Monday June 15.”

The UK is in a transition period with Brussels until the end of the year while the two sides negotiate a free trade agreement.

During the period Britain follows the EU’s rules but has no say.

The fourth round of talks last week failed to make a breakthrough.

The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said there had been “no significant areas of progress” and accused the UK of “backtracking” on the political declaration.

Mr Frost insisted they would have to “intensify and accelerate” the process if there was to be any chance of an agreement.

Both sides said face-to-face meetings would be needed to progress.

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