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.
Face-to-face negotiations between Britain and the European Union over a trade deal restarted on Saturday, in a last-ditch attempt to find agreement with just five weeks to go before their current relationship ends.
The European Union and Britain said on Friday there were still substantial differences over a Brexit trade deal ahead of the EU chief negotiator’s travel to London in a last-ditch attempt to avoid a tumultuous finale to the five-year Brexit crisis.
Iran’s trade with the European Union decreased by 11 percent in the first nine months of 2020 compared to the same period last year, amounting to €3.34 billion, while Iran’s exports to EU member states rose 13 percent.
The European Union and Britain remain at odds in last-ditch trade talks over fishing rights, guarantees of fair competition and ways to solve future disputes, even though they are very close to agreement on other issues, EU diplomats said on Friday.
The European Union on Wednesday voiced “resolute commitment” to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying the full implementation of the landmark accord is “essential”.
More people hold a favorable view of the European Union than not in every member state surveyed in a new Pew Research Center poll, while positive opinions in Britain — which left the bloc in January — are the highest on record.
Trade between Iran and the European Union during the first seven months of the current Iranian year (March 20-October 21) stood at over $8.8 billion, said the spokesman of Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA).