Britain is aiming to postpone EU Brexit … as Michel Barnier jokes: The British team accuses the European negotiators of not making any progress on the trade talks
- Officials are working on the new next Thursday deadline to achieve the breakthrough
- Those involved in the conversations are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the business
- Ireland has warned that failure to reach an agreement could be "very harmful" to the country
British negotiators last night accused the European Union of making no progress on trade talks when Michel Barnier joked on Twitter.
Officials are working on a new deadline for next Thursday for a breakthrough ahead of a virtual summit of EU leaders.
However, those involved in the talks became increasingly pessimistic as they warned that little had been achieved that week, including no movement on the crucial sticking point of the fisheries.
Ireland's leader Micheal Martin warned that failure to reach an agreement could be "very detrimental" to his country and Britain.
British negotiators last night accused the European Union of making no progress on trade talks – when Michel Barnier (pictured) joked on Twitter
Discussions should continue next week, but time is running out before an agreement is ratified by the end of the year when the transitional arrangements expire.
EU chief negotiator Mr Barnier said the negotiations were an "ongoing process" before adding "patience".
Then, bizarrely, he tweeted a picture of himself facing soccer fields in a London park with a witty reference to Brussels' call for a level playing field for state subsidies between the EU and the UK.
Irish leader Micheal Martin (pictured) warned that failure to reach an agreement could be "very damaging" to his country and Britain
Mr Barnier wrote: “Brief break from intensive negotiations in London. We were looking for a level playing field … & # 39;
Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said Britain must see "movement on the EU side".
Downing Street said "significant gaps" remain between the pages and "time is short".
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