In recent days, the UK government has made clear that it would refuse any extension of the transition period.
Chief negotiator Michel Barnier has issued a press statement after the latest round of negotiations.
He identifies three main workstreams:
- Ensuring the proper implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement;
- Preparing to the negative economic consequences that the end of the transition period will entail;
- Negotiating a future partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom with a view to limiting those negative consequences.