Writing on Twitter, David Frost dealt a hammer blow to hopes of the UK securing a Brexit deal with the EU. Lord Frost said he felt disappointed by the bloc’s conclusions on the ongoing post-Brexit trade talks. He said he was taken aback by Brussels’ stance that the UK should be the one to move on key demands, saying such an approach was “unusual”.
Lord Frost said: “Disappointed by the #EUCO conclusions on UK/EU negotiations.
“Surprised EU is no longer committed to working ‘intensively’ to reach a future partnership as agreed with @vonderleyen on 3 October.
“Also surprised by suggestion that to get an agreement all future moves must come from UK. It’s an unusual approach to conducting a negotiation.”
His words came after his European counterpart Michel Barnier said the bloc would do everything in its power to agree a trade deal with Britain – but not at any price.
Mr Barnier said for the UK to retain access to the EU market of 450 million consumers and 22 million companies it must agree to a level playing field.
He told a news conference: “We are absolutely determined to reach a fair deal with the UK. We will do everything that we can, but not at any price.”
His warning came after EU leaders discussed the impasse in Brexit negotiations.
He added: “My negotiation team and I will continue intensive discussions over the coming weeks.
“Our position has been crystal clear… If you want access to our market of 450 million people, there must be a level playing field.”
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Published at Thu, 15 Oct 2020 17:14:00 +0000