The UK has not been having an easy time with the Brexit talks and in particular, the discussion about trade deals that will continue to exist after the break-up from the European Union. In fact, the topic has been giving Britain's legislators many sleepless nights. However, support has come in from Denmark, somewhat unexpectedly, to give Britain some hope that the talks will get easier in the coming months.
Denmark's finance minister roots for the UK
Finance Minister for Denmark, Kristian Jensen, has said that the European Union was playing a 'game' by unnecessarily dragging negotiations over the trade deals being discussed as part of Brexit talks. He also said that this 'game' needs 'swift political compromise'. Pointing out that the British leader Theresa May has already accepted to make some concessions in a speech she gave in Florence, Jensen said that it is also necessary for the EU to move along on similar lines with its own concessions.
Urges speedy closure
Plainly stating that this was not 'rocket science', Jensen said that the need of the day was for a speedy conclusion of the affair. He highlighted that in any political deal, there is always a dearth of time or finances or others things being quoted but still a final decision has to be taken and that too within a reasonable time frame.
Negotiations restart this week
The negotiations are all set to restart this week, marking the fifth week of talks in this regard. When the talks begin, France and Germany are going to be the main players who will be keen to retain restrictions on negotiations until the UK makes a firmer commitment to guarantees on funds. From the UK's perspective, the wait is on to see whether the other countries will give them some leeway, especially after the offer of paying 20 billion Euros already been put on the table by May. This sum is ostensibly being paid to ensure that no other member state in the EU will lose anything after the Brexit.
EU Negotiator still inflexible
However, the chief negotiator for the EU, Michel Barnier, appears to be holding onto a rather inflexible stance even now. He has made it clear in the European parliament that he will be looking for the UK's commitment to fully honor its existing financial commitments and reiterated that until this is done, no future talks are possible. He also said that the UK will have to give assurances on the Irish border issue and citizens' rights issue before talks can proceed further.