EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has been offered an opportunity to set the record straight today when he speaks with the UK lead negotiator David Frost on the phone after he was advised not to come to London for further wrangling unless he’ll be coming with a fundamental change of approach.
Lord Frost is interested in getting reassurances that the EU is now prepared to kick start intensive work on a joint legal text before going back to the negotiation. Mr Barnier and Lord Frost will today discuss the possibility of proceeding with the trade talks but over the phone.
The UK government has advised British businesses to wrap up Brexit preparations with the chance of the UK striking a trade pact with the EU rapidly diminishing.
Michael Gove on Sunday noted that there is now less chance of reaching a deal with Brussels after last week’s most disappointing summit of European leaders as he blamed the bloc for the no-deal Brexit option which the UK must follow should they fail to come with a change of approach.
The Cabinet Minister refused to support a full walk out of the negotiation, insisting the EU could revive the process in the coming weeks with a fundamental change of approach as demand by Boris Johnson.
“It is ajar; we hope the EU will change their position, we’re certainly not saying that if they do change their position we can’t talk to them,” said Mr Gove.