Prospect of Brexit trade deal breakthrough ‘receding’ as UK accuses EU of making fresh demands at 11th hour
Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal have suffered a blow, with the UK accusing the European Union of making fresh demands at the 11th hour.
Hopes of an imminent deal appear to be fading after Thursday’s negotiations in London between the teams led by Lord Frost and the EU’s Michel Barnier.
A senior UK Government source said: “At the 11th hour, the EU is bringing new elements into the negotiation. A breakthrough is still possible in the next few days but that prospect is receding.”
The UK’s current trading arrangements with the bloc expire at the end of the month. This leaves little time to get a deal agreed by negotiators and approved by the EU’s leaders, Westminster and the European Parliament.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson will press ahead with plans allowing ministers to tear up the Brexit divorce deal he has already agreed, despite the current round of UK-EU talks