David Frost is reported to be piling on the pressure onto EU negotiator Michel Barnier. Mr Barnier said that he wanted to have a deal in place by the end of October for it to be ratified and in place before the end of the transition period, 31st December 2020.
With this, David Frost has said to the EU negotiator unless your willing to engage appropriately in these negotiation talks then a deal isn’t possible.
A UK Government spokesman said: “As David Frost set out at the end of last week, an agreement with the EU is still possible, but despite useful discussions, little progress was made.
“Although there is still a lot of work to do, it remains our goal to reach an agreement, and we’ll continue to work hard to do so.
“We have tabled a consolidated text to try and inject momentum into the talks, and we want to quickly move into text-based discussions as time is short, and there remains a lot of detail to work through.
“The chief negotiators and their teams will remain in close contact over the next two weeks before the next Round in London, taking place on 7th September.”
Since July, Mr Frost has been frustrated with the slow pace of these negotiations and the EU refusing to work on other areas of the trade deal unless the UK sign off on the Level playing field and a fisheries deal.
Barnier last week refused the chance for the two sides to draft a free trade agreement together.
Yesterday Barnier Barnier spoke in Paris where he attacked the British negotiator of using “Bad Tactics” after the British wanted to move onto other areas after refusing to sign up to an Anti Sovereign “level playing field” and refusing to grant status quo on fishing in Britain’s waters.
Barnier said: “If we are to ensure the ratification of a new treaty in a secure way before the end of the year, we need to have an agreement by around 31st October,”
Barnier accused the PM of listening too much to those who call for a “Global Britain”.
“These people has an political, ideological and perhaps philosophical idea of what their country must be.
“We also have those here, who see France with a rearview mirror or sort of nostalgia.”
A European Commission spokesman said: “The EU is engaging constructively and in good faith. We are working hard with the UK to overcome the significant divergences that remain between us.
“There will be contact between negotiators over the next fortnight. The next round of negotiations will take place on the week of 7th September.”