UK ‘brinkmanship’ risks ending chances of Brexit deal, Barnier claims

 UK ‘brinkmanship’ risks ending chances of Brexit deal, Barnier claims

Britain’s brinkmanship in negotiations could pave the way to a no-deal Brexit, the European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned.

Speaking to national ambassadors in Brussels, Barnier said that “very serious divergences” remain between the EU and UK’s positions on fisheries, governance and trade, Reuters says.

An unnamed EU diplomat told the news agency that “the UK does not seem to be engaging sufficiently on key issues… given this situation a no-deal outcome still can’t be excluded“.

The EU fears Lord David Frost, Barnier’s British counterpart, is “keeping the most politically sensitive dossiers” of the talks “open to create leverage”, The Times rep

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