"Determined" Michel Barnier says trade deal can be done if UK stops "backtracking"

As hopes of a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the EU appear to fade, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier called on London to give “clear signals” that it is ready to work towards one.

“Our problem is not related to timing, but to substance, in particular that the UK keeps backtracking on its commitments in the political declaration,” Barnier told a think-tank event via video link, referring to the 31-page document that set out the direction of future negotiations, in October 2019.

“I believe that the deal is still possible,” he said, adding that he was neither optimistic nor pessimistic but describing himself as determined. "Its in the UK's interest to avoid a no-deal".

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