It’s been reported that Boris will not be keeping to his 15th October Brexit deadline. Initially, Boris said that if a deal weren’t found before the 15th of October then Britain would be walking from negotiations. It’s being reported that Lord Frost will advise Boris that trade negotiations have made progress over the last few weeks, but are being held up in critical areas.
Lord Frost is said to be advising Boris to continue with these negotiations with the aim of completing the most difficult parts of the deal in the coming weeks through intensified talks.
Tomorrow, EU leaders are said to be saying that not enough progress has been made for an agreement to be ready. This is according to a memo which the Express reported as saying: “The European Council reaffirmed the Union’s determination to have as close as possible a partnership with the United Kingdom on the basis of the negotiating directives of February 29, 2020.
“Against this background, the European Council invited the Union’s chief negotiator to intensify negotiations with the aim of ensuring that an agreement can be applied from January 1, 2021.”
“The European Council calls on member states, Union institutions and all stakeholders to step up their work on preparedness and readiness at all levels and for all outcomes, including that of no agreement.”
A government source blamed Barnier for the lack of progress in certain areas saying: “The EU has been using the old playbook in which they thought running down the clock would work against the UK.
“They have assumed the UK would be more willing to compromise the longer the process ran, but in fact all these tactics have achieved is to get us to the middle of October with lots of wasted work.
“This is all the more frustrating because it is clear that we have come a long way since the beginning of the year. We have approached the negotiations constructively and reasonably but time is now extraordinarily short. We need the EU to urgently up the pace and inject some creativity.”