Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will not leave for London on Monday to start a new round of negotiations with the British, the British government announced Friday night.
According to the British, it is of little use for Barnier and his team to travel to London on Monday. Only if the EU takes a fundamentally different approach would the British be willing to continue the talks.
On Friday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on British companies to begin preparations for a no-deal Brexit. With this, the British leader probably wants to sharpen the negotiations and encourage the EU to make concessions.
Following Johnson’s press conference, it was announced that Barnier would travel to London on Monday for further talks with fellow negotiator David Frost. However, the British came back to it later that day.
Instead, Barnier and Frost will have a phone call shortly to discuss the structure of the negotiations.
The Brexit transition period ends on December 31, 2020. If the parties do not agree before that date, a no-deal Brexit will take place.
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