‘Put a tiger in tank’ plea over Brexit talks

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BORIS JOHN­SON has said it is time to “put a tiger in the tank” of Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions af­ter Brus­sels’ chief ne­go­tia­tor quashed hopes of trade talks be­gin­ning next week.

In a sig­nif­i­cant set­back for Theresa May, Michel Barnier said a “dis­turb­ing” dead­lock over the size of Bri­tain’s exit bill means he can­not rec­om­mend mov­ing on from di­vorce talks to dis­cus­sions about fu­ture trade re­la­tions when lead­ers of the 27 re­main­ing EU states meet in Brus­sels on Oc­to­ber 19.

Brexit Sec­re­tary David Davis made clear that the UK will press the other EU lead­ers to broaden Mr Barnier’s re­mit, al­low­ing him to be­gin ex­plor­ing the na­ture of a tran­si­tion to the fu­ture UK/ EU re­la­tion­ship be­fore fi­nal­is­ing de­tails of the with­drawal agree­ment.

And the For­eign Sec­re­tary said it was time for the EU to show greater ur­gency in the process which is due to lead to Bri­tain’s de­par­ture from the bloc in March 2019. Mr John­son told a Lon­don press con­fer­ence that Bri­tain wanted to “get on with it to the next phase”, adding: “We are look­ing for some ur­gency from our friends and part­ners and it’s time, I think, to put a bit of a tiger in the tank and get this thing done.”

Mr Barnier said no great steps for­ward had been made in four days of di­vorce ne­go­ti­a­tions this week. Mean­while, the FTSE 100 closed at a record high last night due in part to the drop in ster­ling sparked by con­cerns over a dead­lock in Brexit talks. Lon­don’s blue chip in­dex rose 0.3 per cent to 7,556.24.

JEREMY COR­BYN called for ad­di­tional dis­cus­sions with Brus­sels to be sched­uled to end the dead­lock in the Brexit talks.

He de­scribed the out­come of the lat­est round of talks as “un­ac­cept­able”.

“I think the Govern­ment should go back now and start se­ri­ous ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“They have been 15 months not reach­ing any agree­ment with the EU.”

Mr Cor­byn con­tin­ued: “It seems the Govern­ment is in­ca­pable of mov­ing this whole thing along.”

The Labour leader con­firmed he will travel to Brus­sels for dis­cus­sions next week.

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