UPDATE 1-Let’s reset ties, EU urges Britain over post-Brexit relations

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LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union ought to cease attempting to attain factors of their post-Brexit relationship, the bloc’s ambassador to London mentioned on Thursday, interesting for a extra constructive strategy to their more and more thorny ties.

After finishing its journey out of the EU on the finish of final yr, Britain’s relations with the bloc have soured over COVID vaccines and accusations from each side that the opposite is performing in unhealthy religion in the direction of their Brexit and commerce agreements.

On Wednesday, Britain summoned an EU diplomat to “right” a remark by European Council President Charles Michel that Britain had “outright” banned exports of vaccines produced on its territory. Britain denies the cost.

Joao Vale de Almeida, who took up his function as ambassador in January final yr when Britain left the bloc, tried to easy the strained relations by underlining how a lot Britain and the EU had in widespread and the way a reset may assist future ties.

“I believe we have to make an effort to vary the mindset and quit on attempting to attain factors on disputes of the previous and focus ourselves on doing what we are able to do in making probably the most out of the agreements that we made,” advised reporters.

“We have to have excessive ranges of belief, mutual belief.”

However with the EU poised to launch authorized motion in opposition to Britain over its strikes to easy commerce with Northern Eire and London smarting over the bloc’s accusations on vaccines, many diplomats see a wrestle forward to revive that belief. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, modifying by William James)

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