Blog: Brexit LIVE: EU talks continue for MONTHS – Lord Frost to confront ‘bumpy’ trade row – Daily Express

Although the UK left the transition period on January 1, Sir Ivan Rogers who was the Permanent Representative to the EU between 2013 and 2017, has claimed Brexit is not yet done. Following Lord David Frost’s promotion to the Prime Minister’s Cabinet, Sir Ivan claimed the move shows Brexit is a permanent negotiation between the UK and EU. Not only that but Sir Ivan also warned the UK could be set for “spiky” relations with Brussels going forward. 

Speaking at the EU-UK Forum, Sir Ivan said: “It’s going to be a bit spiky, maybe more than a bit spiky.

“It’s going to be pretty bumpy.

“We aren’t at the end – we are at the beginning of a new chapter and there’s plenty still to do.”

Indeed, there are several areas such as financial services which have not yet been agreed between the two sides. 

There have also been severe delays due to the added customs paperwork for traders with some officials calling for the EU to be more flexible over the matter. 

However, in a sign of defiance, Sir Ivan claimed Lord Frost’s position shows the UK will not want to reopen negotiations. 

He added: “There is still an expectation of ‘well they Government can’t really have wanted that’ and ‘they can’t really have realised that this was the true implication for our sector so if we go and lobby them now and demonstrate to them what’s happening on the ground as a consequence of the deal they negotiated, they must want to rejig it, refine it, and reopen the negotiation in 2021.

“I suppose in shorthand my advice is: don’t believe it guys. We are where we are.

“There’s no new negotiation to be had.”

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Despite the UK leaving the transition period on January 1, Sir Ivan Rogers who served as the Permanent Representative to the EU between 2013 and 2017, claimed the EU and UK will have a “spiky” relationship going forward. 

Although negotiations over the deal are over, Sir Ivan warned some matters will still need to be resolved and that it may get “bumpy” for Britain. 

He told the EU-UK Forum, Sir Ivan said: “It’s going to be a bit spiky, maybe more than a bit spiky.

“It’s going to be pretty bumpy.

“We aren’t at the end – we are at the beginning of a new chapter and there’s plenty still to do.”

 

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