Today the EU play hardball with the UK as Brussels threaten to pull plans to intensify negotiations going forward unless Boris caves in. Boris is being served an ultimatum by the EU which state that unless Boris and his team cave in on their redlines around fisheries and state aid subsidies no deal will be possible.
The instigator behind this push is said to be Michel Barnier who is actively pushing for a holt to apply pressure on Britain in the hopes it pushes Britain to adhere to EU demands.
This reaction came after Boris said that negotiations with the EU had “lacked Energy” in the previous weeks to the EU council summit.
In a draft memo, it said: “The European Council recalls that the transition period will end on December 31, 2020, and notes with concern that progress on key issues of interest to the Union is still not sufficient for an agreement to be reached.
“Against this background, the European Council invites the chief negotiator to continue negotiations in the coming weeks, and calls on the UK to make the necessary moves to make an agreement possible.”
A Downing Street spokesman said: “The leaders discussed the latest state of play of the negotiations on our future relationship with the EU, ahead of the October European Council.
“The Prime Minister noted the desirability of a deal but expressed his disappointment that more progress had not been made over the past two weeks.
“The Prime Minister said that he looked forward to hearing the outcome of the European Council and would reflect before setting out the UK’s next steps.”
Mrs von der Leyen said: “The EU is working on a deal, but not at any price.”
And Mr Michel added: “On the eve of the European Council we pressed again for progress to be made at the negotiation table.”
One senior EU diplomat said: “We want to show we are willing and ready once the UK moves to work really, really hard to conclude a deal.”