Number 10 warns EU they must ´kick things into gear´ over trade talks or risk no deal

World 2020/6/1

Number 10 warns EU they must ´kick things into gear´ over trade talks or risk no deal

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and British Prime Minister´s Europe adviser David Frost - Reuters

The European Union needs to "kick things into gear much faster", government sources warned on as they said foot dragging over negotiations would leave it "too late" to agree a deal.

On Tuesday, the UK will enter into its fourth round of trade talks with Brussels and continue until Friday.

Speaking ahead of the talks, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, accused Britain of not keeping its commitments and said:  "The UK has been taking a step back - two steps back, three steps back - from the original commitments.”

However a senior British government source said:  “It is the UK that is driving any progress being made in this negotiation. The Commission are either not ready or not willing to inject momentum.

“They need to put some political reality into their approach, and appreciate that they cannot use their usual tactic of delay to drag the talks into the Autumn. By then it will be too late, as businesses need to know what to prepare for with as much time as is practicable.”

The last round of talks ended in mutual recrimination

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