EU "not going to bargain away our values for benefit of the British economy" say Michel Barnier

The European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday that the third round of talks with Britain on a new partnership was “disappointing”.

“We’re not going to bargain away our values for the benefit of the British economy,” he told a news conference.

He added the bloc would not seal a new trade deal with London without level playing field guarantees of fair competition or without a comprehensive agreement on fisheries.

“We made very little progress towards agreement on the most significant outstanding issues between us,” UK chief negotiator David Frost said.

One UK official is reported by Reuters as saying “It is easy to see how you could do a pretty standard and major free-trade agreement quite quickly.”

Both sides have warned that unless the other gave ground there would be no deal.


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