Brexit: Trade talks in fresh crisis as UK admits it does not know if EU will turn up

Brexit: Trade talks in fresh crisis as UK admits it does not know if EU will turn up


Efforts to avert a no-deal Brexit were in fresh crisis today as Downing Street admitted it does not know if EU negotiator Michel Barnier will turn up for face-to-face talks due to resume tomorrow.

Mr Barnier was expected in London this evening ahead of talks with Boris Johnson’s chief negotiator David Frost on Friday, with just 34 days to go to the deadline for a deal.

But reports suggest that he has told Lord Frost that he will pull out of this weekend’s talks unless there is a major shift in negotiating stance from the UK.

And today, Mr Johnson’s official spokesman was unable to say whether the discussions would go ahead.

Asked if Mr Barnier was expected in London, the spokesman said: “That is a matter for the EU and a decision for them to take.”



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