With the seventh round of negotiations finishing yesterday, both sides released statements and held press conferences expressing a bleak outlook for a deal to be completed before the autumn deadline.
This morning it’s being reported that Boris needs to start playing hardball with the EU, especially after Boris said in the negotiating mandate back in February that negotiations would cease and preparations for a no-deal would begin if a deal wasn’t reached by 30th of June 2020. With that date come and gone, and no sign of the UK withdrawing from the talks as stated back in February, the EU have seen that as weakness from Britain.
Yesterday Mr Barnier, in his usual style blamed Britain for the lack of progress, yet it’s the EU that are being the obstructive ones with their demands. Why would a country seeking its autonomy, and wanting to be sovereign without any interference from a third foreign entity, suddenly sign up to a level playing field which the EU is continuously pushing? Why would the UK give away control of its seas to a foreign entity? Barnier said he clearly understands this, then refuses to work with a new solution.