Britain and the European Union cautioned each other on Monday that time was running out for a Brexit trade deal as negotiators sparred over state aid, enforcement and fishing in a bid to avoid a tumultuous exit in just a month’s time.
British telecommunications firms must not install new Huawei 5G kit after September 2021, the government said on Monday, as part of a plan to purge the Chinese firm’s equipment from high speed mobile networks.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his British counterpart Dominic Raab in a telephone conversation late on Monday reviewed mutual cooperation within the framework of the 2015 nuclear agreement.
The EU on Tuesday demanded “substantive” movement from Britain on fisheries, dispute settlement and guarantees of fair competition in their post-Brexit trade talks, which Germany said were at a “critical stage”.
The United Nations and Britain will host an online climate summit in December, the fifth anniversary of the UN Paris Agreement, in a last-ditch bid to have countries meet a deadline to upgrade their emissions-cutting pledges.
France, Britain and Germany, known as E3, told the UN Security Council on Friday that UN sanctions relief for Iran – agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal – would continue beyond September 20, when the United States asserts that all the measures should be reimposed.
Britain must engage now with EU demands on guarantees of fair competition, fisheries and solving disputes in order to seal a deal on new trade ties by a “strict deadline” of end-October, the EU Brexit negotiator said on Wednesday.
Britain said it would bring in legally binding targets on air quality, waste reduction, biodiversity and cleaner water as part of efforts to combat climate change, improve the environment and rebuild the economy.