On Tuesday, the Prime minister reiterated his stance to his Greek counterpart saying that unless the EU changes its stance in negotiation talks, then there will be no more trade talks.
This was confirmed by Boris Johnson’s spokesperson, who said: “He reaffirmed that the EU has effectively ended those negotiations by stating they did not want to change their negotiating position,”
“Should the EU fundamentally change their position, then the UK would be willing to talk on that new basis.”
Yesterday a Downing Street spokesman said: “We have been repeatedly clear that any agreement will need to be in place before the end of the transition period. We will not be back to negotiate further next year. We must provide assurance and certainty to our businesses and citizens, and endless prolonged negotiations won’t achieve this.”
On Monday there was talk between Lord Frost and Michel Barnier. The discussion ended with the government spokesperson saying: “Lord Frost and Michel Barnier had a constructive discussion. The situation remained as yesterday, and they will remain in contact,”
Constructive discussion with @MichelBarnier today. Noted his proposal to intensify work, as we have been asking. But the EU still needs to make a fundamental change in approach to the talks and make clear it has done so. We will stay in close touch.— David Frost (@DavidGHFrost) October 19, 2020
🇪🇺🇬🇧 I spoke again to @DavidGHFrost today. My message: we should be making the most out of the little time left.— Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) October 20, 2020
Our door remains open.