By mid-October, it appeared that the negotiations had all but failed. In a press release issued after the European Council (Heads of Government) on 15 October, the Council said that „progress on key issues of interest to the Union is still not sufficient to reach an agreement“ and „calls on the United Kingdom to take the necessary steps to reach an agreement“.  The next day, the British government replied that there would be „no more trade and security negotiations if the EU did not adopt a fundamental change“ and that the UK would prepare for trade under WTO terms.  „The trade negotiations are over – [the EU] effectively ended them yesterday by saying they did not want to change their negotiating position,“ a spokesperson told the Guardian.  On the same day, the British negotiator Frost withdrew his invitation to Barnier for the tenth round of talks that would begin on 19 October in London, but they will keep the channels of communication open.  After a week that theGuardian described as „theatricality,“ negotiations resumed on 22 October.  In summary, on the state of the negotiations at the end of the month, the Financial Times journalist wrote that „those involved in the negotiations stated that intensive discussions in London earlier this week had made considerable progress in drafting the treaty text, but that real progress on the outstanding issues remained difficult to find.“  On 18 October, seventeen professional associations, including the Confederation of British Industry, intervened to push the parties to an urgent agreement: „From sectors ranging from the automotive industry to aviation, to the chemical industry, through the creative industries, agriculture and the food industry, to pharmaceuticals, the guarantee of a rapid agreement is of great importance for jobs and livelihoods.“  Find out which trade agreements the UK is negotiating and what trade agreements the UK has already signed. The government has established the Strategic Trade Advisory Group and a network of Experts Trade Advisory Groups to support the development of our trade policies and negotiations. Meanwhile, the ninth round of negotiations (started at the end of September) ended on 2 October with no tangible progress. In a public statement, Barnier said there was „continued convergence in trade in goods, services and investment, civil nuclear cooperation and participation in EU programmes“; „new positive developments on issues such as aviation security, social security coordination and respect for fundamental rights and individual freedoms“; „the lack of progress on some important issues, such as data protection, climate change commitments or carbon pricing.“  However, there have been „serious persistent divergences on issues of great importance to the European Union,“ including „strong long-term guarantees of open and fair competition,“ „strong dispute control and settlement mechanisms and effective remedial measures“ and „a stable, sustainable and long-term fisheries agreement.“  The UK is also trying to replicate the effects of existing EU trade agreements when they no longer apply to the UK. These are called continuity agreements. The issue of bringing legislation closer together is that the EU believes that the UK complies with EU rules (product safety, environmental protection, workers` rights, subsidies, etc.). The United Kingdom says it will not do so.
 The withdrawal agreement recognises that in Britain the standards will be different from those of the EU in many respects (with the loss of trade privileges in these areas), with Northern Ireland enjoying special status to keep the Irish border open. „No additional continuity agreement was reached in the first eight months of 2020 and, in their exchange of letters with the Shadow International Trade Team, representatives of Cameroon`s countries in Montenegro indicated that no formal discussion had yet been held