Britain is keen to move on and advancement talks. But, Mr Barnier will not open up talks until the UK budges on other issues, it has emerged. The main negotiator is insisting on “parallelism” — where several facets on a range of issues have to be agreed before moving ahead.
Mr Barnier is meeting David Frost, the UK’s lead negotiator, in London on Tuesday.
The set will be meeting outside of the scheduled negotiating schedule to go over the stagnated talks.
Both sides have expressed they want to secure a deal, but reddish traces have slowed progress.
Mr Frost said there’s been “little progress” during trade negotiations with Michel Barnier amid interruptions on fisheries policy and state aid rules.
The UK had wanted a deal done at the end of July.
Mr Barnier says that an agreement has to be in place at the end of October for this to be ratified around Europe at the end of the year.
However, one of the many issues yet to be agreed on is fisheries.
Mr Drian is one of the first significant voices from the EU authorities to speak out after Mr Barnier began phoning around EU capitals to demand they step in and support him.
During precisely the same speech to French ambassadors, the country’s state secretary for Europe,” Clement Beaune, said: “we’re moving on our position, we can not be feeble.”
Of all of the EU leaders, Emmanuel Macron has obtained the hardest stance with insiders saying the French President believes without a fisheries agreement; there can be no trade deal.
In a language to French ambassadors established in Europe, Mr Le Drian explained: “The negotiations aren’t progressing because of an intransigent and, let’s be clear, the unrealistic attitude of the United Kingdom.”
The French ministry included that the EU was united as in reaching an ambitious Brexit deal, but the ball was Britain’s court.
Meanwhile his German counterpart Heiko Maas said Germany needed “the closest possible cooperation with Great Britain on security and foreign policy”.
However, he warned without “linking this policy with Brussels” additional EU countries would be more important later on.
“The EU has always said that fishing is a key issue for resolution but has declined to discuss it,” a source told The Times.”
“We’d hoped to make improvement and introduced room papers.”
“But, regrettably, the EU refused to engage because of their self-imposed requirements.”