The EU has denied Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request to talk directly with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel according to an EU source.
This comes after Mr Johnson requested to have a direct talk with Macron and Merkel in a bid to find a solution to the post-Brexit trade negotiations.
When asked the possibility of Mr Johnson travelling to hold the meeting with both leaders an official said the bloc already told Mr Johnson on Monday to keep negotiating with the EU executive European Commission.
Mr Johnson met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday in an attempt to reach an agreement but their discussions ended in deadlock.
Mr Johnson later clarified that he looks forward to winning the support of the two most important leaders in the EU27 rather than the bloc’s nominal head of government. He said last night, “What I’ve said to our negotiators is that we’ve got to keep going, and we’ll go the extra mile, and we will.
“And I will go to Brussels, I will go to Paris, I will go to Berlin, I will go to wherever to try and get this home and get a deal.”
Mr Johnson determination to move to wherever to get the deal done is because he acknowledged that time was running out so fast, with the transition period coming to an end on December 31.
He said, “At the moment, I have to tell you in all candour that the treaty is not there yet and that is the strong view of our Cabinet as well.”
Key sticking points include “equivalence”, which he said would keep the UK “locked” in the bloc’s regulatory orbit, and fisheries, which he said under current proposals would mean “we wouldn’t still have control of our waters”, he stressed.