EU LEADERS WILL NOT RESCUE YOU, U.K. WARNED
BRUSSELS European Union leaders will refuse to intervene to save the deadlocked Brexit trade talks, diplomats in Brussels warned as the bloc toughened its stance over what it sees as British time-wasting in negotiations.
Michel Barnier, the EU’S chief negotiator, told EU ambassadors meeting in Brussels that the United Kingdom was trying to renege on its legally binding Withdrawal Agreement commitments, and non-binding undertaking in the Political Declaration on the trade talks.
Phil Hogan, the EU’S trade commissioner, said in Dublin Wednesday: “We’re 450 million people in the EU. There’s about 60 to 70 million in the U.K. Size matters in trade.
“(We) need a lot more intensive engagement than we’ve seen in the last few weeks and months to have a deal by the end of the year. We need to get on with the job.”
The warnings come ahead of next week’s round of trade negotiations.