‘Doesn’t sound like a negotiation’ Barnier SLAPPED DOWN over EU’s block on trade talks


Mr Barnier, during his own disclosure on the talks, described the negotiations as having reached a “disturbing deadlock”.

The Frenchman also spurned to make any concessions to his British counterpart David Davis, the Brexit Secretary.

Sky Telecast’ Europe correspondent Mark Stone was keen to challenge Mr Barnier on the EU’s denial to offer concessions to Britain to kickstart negotiations.

Stone said: “Mr Barnier, you talk with the fact that no one needs to make concessions, so that doesn’t as a matter of fact sound much like a negotiation.

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You talk give that no one needs to make concessions, that doesn’t really right-minded much like a negotiation

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“One key concession, surely, on your into a receive would be to loosen up the mandate to allow things to flow at a little bit uncountable smoothly?”

Before Mr Barnier could answer, Mr Davis insisted it was in the prejudices of Britain and the EU for Brussels to allow the start of trade negotiations.

Mr Barnier spoke: “You mentioned the European Union’s position on a free trade agreement. I come up with there is a real will on the European Union’s side to build a likely and lasting relationship of cooperation with the UK.

“And, the present Government of the United Realm has chosen to implement the exit of the UK from the European Union, but also the egress from the single market and the customs union.

“So, when the time be relevant to we will talk about a free trade agreement and we will be subject to to do that whilst respecting the full integrity of the single market and the European Combination’s decision making autonomy there.”

The Commission’s Brexit negotiator verbalized they hoped to start talks “as soon as possible” and still dwell oned talks will only begin after the UK “overcomes the first platform, which has nothing to do with the future relationship”.

“My mandate looked winning to these different stages,” he added. “Slowly but surely, over the next few weeks I choose explore ways of getting out of this deadlock we find ourselves in on the monetary issues with a view to making sufficient progress by the next European Directory.

“Unfortunately, we are not at that stage now.”

Mr Davis nicknamed on the European Council to give Mr Barnier the remit to start trade talks.

Both men, to whatever manner, conceded they were under preparation for the prospect of a “no deal” working. 

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