July 15, 2020 / 11:44 AM / 22 days ago

Britain showing too little realism over EU talks: German minister

FILE PHOTO - Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth gives a statement for the media, prior to a video conference of the European Union's General Affairs Council, at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Germany June 16, 2020. Markus Schreiber/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - Talks on Britain’s future relationship with the European Union will be a major topic of bloc business from September, but until now Britain has shown insufficient realism about what can be achieved, Germany’s Europe Minister Michael Roth said.

Roth was speaking before a meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers, which he will chair, since Germany holds the EU’s rotating presidency until the end of the year.

Britain continues to participate in many EU structures until the so-called transition period ends on December 31, by which time a new agreement on ties must be in place if serious commercial and logistic disruption is to be avoided.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin

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