Minister: results of European Council talks on Brexit are not surprising
The fact that talks organized by the European Council regarding Britain’s exit and conditions have concluded with no real progress, is nothing surprising, says Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.
This outcome is led on by statements released by EU and British leaders on 17 and 18 October. «These developments do not suggest we can expect any progress or breakthrough in talks. This became clear the moment both sides announced that disagreements remain on different points,» said the minister. He believes there is still time to reach an agreement, and talks should be continued. At the same time, if no agreement is reached in the given time-frame, there are no reasons not to extend the time for talks. On Wednesday, the leader of European Commission’s group for Brexit talks Michel Barnier proposed extending the transition period, hoping to liven up the process, which has ended up in a dead end recently. The foreign affairs minister reminded that it is in Latvia’s best interest for the agreement to be reached and maximum unity is preserved. Needless to say, Britain remains a very serious partner. The full text is available on bnn-news.com