Both Sides Must Want An Orderly Brexit, Says Germany's Merkel

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"Since the last round of negotiations, a high-level meeting took place between prime minister Johnson and the presidents of the European Commission, Council and Parliament, where the two sides agreed in their statement that "new momentum was required" in the discussions", Jim Reid, a strategist at Deutsche Bank, wrote in a note to clients on Monday.

The almost 60% of people who told the European Social Survey that they wanted Britain to be in the EU was far greater than the 48% who backed Remain in 2016.

The EU's Brexit negotiator also said before more talks next week that the United Kingdom now needed to move if it wanted a deal this year.

"David will remain chief negotiator for the European Union talks until agreement is reached or until the talks end", the official said.

This week also marks the beginning of five weeks of "intensified" talks.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel - whose government takes over the presidency of the European Union next week - has also sharpened her public stance, questioning whether London actually wants a deal.

Hardening her tone over the prospect of a no-deal scenario at the end of the year, Merkel added: "We need to let go of the idea that it is for us to define what Britain should want, that is for Britain to define - and we, the EU27, will respond appropriately".

Britain and the European Union have intensified talks on a trade deal that would replace ties severed by Brexit but with only a few months until a deal must be reached, the sides remain far apart.

Both sides have only until the end of December 2020 to agree a trade deal, a timetable experts say is nearly unheard of.

"We will be constructive, as we have always been, and respectful, and we are ready to be creative to find common ground", Barnier told the European Policy Centre in Brussels last week.

In a tweet, Frost reported he was coming to Brussels in "fantastic faith".

But he warned: "This needs to be a real negotiation, and some of the EU's unrealistic positions will have to change if we are to move forward". It marks the first face-to-face meeting of the two negotiators since March.

Other sore factors are the position for the EU Court docket of Justice, accessibility to British waters for European fishermen, as well as the type of the settlement.



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