Brexit discussions have hit a crisis point during the last few weeks following a furious exchange between the EU and the UK. The latest round of talks ended in a stalemate before Mr Barnier warned the UK needs to change its approach while at the same time stating that he was concerned about his counterpart’s tone amid discussions. Last week, Mr Frost insisted the EU needs to change its negotiating position if an arrangement is to be made.
Talking to The Times, Mr Barnier struck out in the UK for not honouring the agreements made from the withdrawal agreement.
The deadline to extend the transition period, which ends on December 31, is on June 30.
But, together with the deadline fast-approaching, Mr Barnier stated the upcoming logistical step in negotiations could be “damage limitation” while also indicating the UK must stick to its prior promises.
“The UK negotiators will need to be fully in line with what the prime minister signed up to with us.
“Since 27 heads of state and government and the European Parliament doesn’t have a short memory.
“We recall very clearly the text which we negotiated with Boris Johnson. And we just want to see that complied with. To the letter… And if this does not happen, there will be no agreement.”
There are numerous regions of divergence between the two sides.
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The maintenance of a level playing field, labour standards, foreign aid, security and conditions for future access in the only market both stay unresolved.
Regardless, of Mr Barnier insistence, a senior Government source said the EU is not willing to “inject momentum” into discussions.
The source said: “It is the UK that’s driving any progress in this negotiation.
“They will need to put some political reality into their approach and appreciate they cannot use their usual strategy of delay to drag the talks into the autumn.
“By then it will be too late, as companies need to know what to prepare for with as much time as is practicable.”